Hearts thrash Kotoko at Accra Sports Stadium

Hearts of Oak edged Asante Kotoko in a crucial Ghana Premier League game to extend their lead at the top, to three points.

Backed by a fervent and almost exclusively Phobians crowd at the Accra Sports stadium, Hearts took the lead through an in-form Daniel Afriyie Barnieh.

The forward benefited from a loosely hit strike by Frederick Ansah Botchway as he redirected the initial effort past Kwame Baah.

The goal which came halfway into the second half demonstrated Hearts’ dominance.

The Phobians looked like they wanted it more after the half-time break and piled the pressure on the Porcupine Warriors.

Augustine Okrah had Kotoko’s best chance and could have leveled the score if he added more power to his effort.

Okrah got on the end of a good cross but his shot was rather straight at Richard Attah who grabbed the ball on a second attempt.

Both teams cancelled each other in the first half as no clear-cut chances were created.

The two teams were limited to long-range efforts as Baah and Attah looked comfortable in the first half.

Barnieh has looked a completely different player in the last few weeks.

His best game before today came against King Faisal, the match that started Hearts’ nine-game unbeaten streak.

The forward scored and assisted Kwadwo Obeng Jnr in that match.

The 20-year-old was also one of the standout players against rivals Great Olympics as he dazzled with his nimbly feet.

Barnieh looked sharp against Legon Cities and created a goal out of nothing, once again assisting Obeng Jnr.

Barnieh had extra motivation heading into the Super Clash knowing he was once unsuccessful in trials with the Kumasi-based club.

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