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Medeama beat Hearts with late Atingah penalty

Champions Hearts of oak tasted their second defeat in the 2021/22 Ghana Premier League (GPL) when they visited Medeama SC for a match-day 6 outstanding fixture Wednesday afternoon.

The fixture finally came off at Akoon Community Park after it was postponed from its December 5 date due to the Phobians’ participation in the Caf Confederation Cup qualifiers.

Medeama, with a packed house, as expected, took the game to the visitors and poured forward incessantly.

Hearts goalkeeper Richmond Ayi was equal to the task whenever he was called upon to deny the likes of Amed Toure and Prince Opoku Agyemang from scoring a deserved goal in the first half.

Hearts nearly stunned the hosts in the 10th minute when Daniel Afriyie Barnieh brilliantly set up Kwadwo Obeng Jnr. but the striker fired across the face of the post.

Medeama midfielder Rashid Nortey and Toure tried some good shots at goal but their efforts always missed the target by inches.

Hearts goalie Ayi produced a brilliant save five minutes into the second half to deny Amed Toure from getting the opener after a fine header off a Samuel Frimpong cross into the box.

Afriyie Barnieh also took turns to unleash a shot from distance but Medeama’s Ivorian shot-stopper Boris Mandjui successfully punched the ball away to safety.

The game looked locked for a 0-0 draw. But in the 81st minute, Medeama were awarded a penalty after Amed Toure was brought down in the box by Hearts centre-back Robert Addo Sowah. This was after youngster King Archerson broke loose, skipping past legs flying at him to set Toure up with a through pass.

Centre-back Vincent Atingah – a former Hearts stalwart – stepped up and converted the penalty in the 82nd minute.

Hearts were reduced to 10 men inside time added on after Obeng Jnr. picked his second yellow card of the game.

The win sends Medeama into 4th position with 23 points. Hearts remain in 7th with an outstanding game against arch-rivals Asante Kotoko scheduled to be played on February 20.

 

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