MTN FA Cup: Hearts, WAFA, Medeama, Dreams cruise on

Author: Kwame Larweh
Jubilant Hearts side celebrating their first goal against Danbort in the FA Cup
Jubilant Hearts side celebrating their first goal against Danbort in the FA Cup

Hearts of Oak yesterday qualified to the Round of 32 of the ongoing MTN FA Cup after defeating Nungua-based Danbort FC 2-0 at the Accra Sports Stadium.

A low shot in the 25th minute by defensive midfielder Frederick Ansah and quick thinking by attacker Joseph Esso show intercepted a poor back pass to score in the 62nd minute sealed victory for the Phobians.

It was a day of mixed fortunes as defending champions Asante Kotoko were eliminated by their cross-town rivals Asokwa Deportivo in their clash at the Len Clay Stadium, Obuasi.

Yesterday, both Hearts and Danbort tried to impose themselves on the game with the Division One side got the first chance at goal in the fifth minute when forward Nana Kissi George delivered a through pass to John Adjei Mensah who fluffed the opportunity to put his side ahead.

Hearts later took control of the exchanges but the interplay between Daniel Afriyie and Esso in the Danboty goal area could not produce the desired results.

However, sustained pressure by the Phobians paid off in the 25 the minute. Daniel Afryie capitalised on a rebound in the Danbort area and laid a pass to an advancing Ansah who unleashed a low shot that bounced off the post into the net for the opening goal.

Hearts made their dominance count in the 62nd minute when Esso capitalised on a howler by Danbort’s goalkeeper who failed to clear a back pass and allowed Esso to outmuscled him off the ball to increase the tally to 2-0.

At Obuasi, Division One side Deportivo fought back from a goal down to eliminate Kotoko with a 2-1 victory.

Richard Arthur put the Porcupine Warriors ahead but the Asokwa lads hit back twice through Ransford Owusu Frimpong and Godfred Abban for a famous win and a place in the Round of 32.

There were victories for WAFA who defeated Kpando Heart of Lioins 2-1, Medeama defeated Karela 1-0 at Tarkwa, Bechem United beat Aduana Stars 2-1, AshantiGold defeated Achiken FC 2-0, Dreams FC beat Phar Rangers 2-1, Vision FC beat Krystal Palace 3-2 on penalties after a scoreless game in regulation time, Elmina Sharks beat All Black 2-1, Eleven Wise thumped Nzema Kotoko 4-0, Sarmatex beat Nkwantanan 5-1.

The clash between age-old rivals BA United and Tano Bogoakwa at the Sunyani Coronation Park produced no goal during regulation time but Bofoakwa run away 5-4 winners on penalties.