Accra Hearts of Oak emerged victorious in what was a cagey encounter in the just played 2022 President’s Cup against Kumasi Asante Kotoko.
Goals from Daniel Afriyie Barnieh and substitute Patrick Razak saw the Phobians through while Asante Kotoko’s Samuel Boateng’s strike was only good enough for a consolation.
Hearts of Oak’s paring of Sulley Muntari, Abdul-Aziz Nurudeen and Salim Adam largely dominanted the midfield.
While Hearts enjoyed the larger share of possession, it was Kotoko to had the first opening, Franck Mbella firing his shot into the side net.
Moments later, Richmond Lamptey also went close to scoring but his free header couldn’t find the target as the ball went wide.
Hearts’ best chances in the first half came from Muntari, who tested goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim twice, first from a long-range shot and then from a free-kick.
The game finally sprung into life six minutes into the second half when Afriyie Barnieh broke the deadlock with a low shot.
The Porcupine Warriors thought they had equalised in the 59th minute when Etouga headed the ball into the net, but the goal was ruled out for offside.
After upping their game and knocking on Hearts’ door, Prosper Narteh Ogun’s side restored parity through substitute Samuel Boateng, whose shot ended at the back of the net after ricocheting off Mohammed Alhassan.
The game looked destined to go into extra time, but a blistering counter-attacking move from the Phobians presented Patrick Razak in a one-on-one chance.
The pacey winger ran over 35 yards across the pitch before dribbling past a hapless Danlad to score the winner to hand Hearts the President’s Cup.