Story: Samuel Duodu, Berekum
Berekum Arsenals yesterday confirmed their home invicibility with a deserved 2-0 victory over defending champions, Accra Hearts of Oak, at the Berekum Golden City Park.
Arsenal scored a goal in each half to maintain their unbeaten home run, and thus condemn the Phobias to their eighth loss in 11 away matches. However, it was a bitter-sweet experience for Asenals striker Eric Asiedu, who was sent off shortly after securing victory for his side late into the game.
The home side stamped their authority on the game right from the opening minute as they kept pounding Hearts’ goal area with incessant pressure, forcing the Phobians to resort to a defensive game for survival.
Osei Bonsu shot Arsenals into the lead in the 25th minute after his ground shot beat Hearts goalkeeper Sannie Mohammed, a goal that got the Phobians to sit up but hardly threatened the home side in the first half.
After recess Hearts brought on Ben Boateng and Kofi Abanga for Daniel Coleman and Edward Adjaglo respectively in order to beef up their attack and turn the heat on the home side.
Arsenal hung onto their lead until Asiedu capitalised on the failure of the Hearts defence men to clear the ball out of danger, drilling the nail in the visitors’ coffin to hand Arsenal a famous victory.
However, his joy was shortlived as he was punished for wild celebration after receiving the marching off order from Wa-based referee, Seidu Bomison, for removing his jersey — a second cautionable offence.