Hearts of Oak Oldies beat Asante Kotoko Oldies to win Independence Cup

Published on: 07 March 2019

Hearts of Oak Oldies defeated arch-rivals Asante Kotoko 4-2 on penalties to clinch the Independence Cup after a 2-2 draw in regulation time at the Accra Sports Stadium on Wednesday

The Porcupines oldies rallied from two goals down to force the game into penalties in a keenly contested.

Hearts of Oak took the lead through Wisdom Abbey early in the first stanza of the game.

Charles Taylor who was at the receiving end of several threats from Hearts of Oak fans doubled the lead for the Phobias just before the end of the first stanza.

With two goals down in the first half, the Porcupines Warriors oldies came back stronger in the second half.

Eric Bekoe quickly reduced the deficit for Kotoko and brought in some hope in the game. Anas Mohammed got the important equalizer for the Porcupines to force the game into penalties.

Both sides were reduced to 10 men as Wisdom Ablezo and Joe Sam were both red-carded in the game

Gabriel Opoku Ware and Frank Boateng missed their penalties as Hearts of Oak converted all their four penalties to win the game by (4-2).

Hearts of Oak team – Eben Dida, Amankwah Mireku, Dan Quaye, Adjah Tetteh, Acquah Harrison, Charles Taylor, Joe Tagoe, Emmanuel Obour, Eric Nyarko, Abladey Morgan and Wisdom Abbey.

Asante Kotoko team – George Owu, Eric Bekoe, Joe Hendricks, Godfred Yeboah, Anas Mohammed, Isaac Kwakye, Yussif Chibsah, Michael Ofosu Appiah, Frank Osei.