Berekum Arsenal kept their unbeaten home record yesterday by defeating defending champions, Hearts of Oak, by a lone goal in their Glo Premier League match at the Berekum Golden City Park.
Bennet Ofori’s 48th minute connection to a Francis Aggrey freekick won the day for Arsenal.
The tension-packed match saw both teams battling for supremacy in midfield, but the beauty of the exchanges was nearly marred by Cape Coast-based Class One referee, Joseph Baffour’s inability to stamp his authority on the game.
In their determination to cancel the lead, Hearts mounted pressure on their opponents with their good ball distribution. However, referee Baffour stirred controversy when he disallowed an obvious penalty in the 65th minute after Arsenal’s last defender, Peter Amoah, fouled Mahatma Otoo in the box.
The referee only sent off the player for a second cautionable offence to the chagrin of the Hearts technical bench and teeming fans.