Accra, Ghana – In a thrilling matchday 11 encounter of the betPawa Ghana Premier League, Hearts of Oak secured a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Accra Lions, thanks to a spectacular late goal by substitute Raphael Amponsah. The win, which came in the 87th minute, propelled Hearts of Oak to ninth place in the league standings, accumulating 15 points in total. The match marked a return to form for Hearts, following the recent dismissal of coach Martin Koopman.
According to Ghana News Agency, The Phobians took an early lead with Hamza Issah’s close-range header, set up by Salifu Ibrahim. The game’s opening moments were dominated by Hearts, who created numerous chances, including a near miss by Enock Asubonteng, thwarted by Accra Lions’ goalkeeper Daniel Afful. Accra Lions leveled the score in the 27th minute through captain Abass Salifu Samari’s header, capitalizing on a fumble by goalkeeper Richmond Ayi.
Despite a golden chance for Yayaha Mohammed to put Accra Lions ahead before halftime, the score remained tied. The second half saw both teams aggressively seeking the lead, with Accra Lions maintaining possession and pressing hard. Jordan Otanga of Hearts nearly scored in the 75th minute, but his effort lacked strength. It was Amponsah’s stunning strike in the closing minutes that ultimately clinched the win for Hearts of Oak.