With 12 days to the start of the 2020/21 season Hearts Of Oak hosted Dwarfs at Glow Lamp Soccer Academy.
Hearts Of Oak vs. Ebusua Dwarfs
Hearts line up in the first half;
Lawali Abdul Rahman
Frederick Ansah Botchway
Kojo Obeng Jnr
In this half Hearts won a penalty from the corner kick and Abednego Tetteh place the goalkeeper on the wrong side to score.
The centre pair of Mohammed Alhassan and James Sorwunu looked solid and dealt with most of the balls in the box very well.
Left-back Denkyi defended very well but didn’t make a lot of runs on the flanks and made Simon Martey attack Hearts more often. He wasn’t a threat in terms of attack for Dwarfs.
Larry Sumaila on the right side dealt with Dwarfs No. 10 Ismael Antwi well and the guy even switched his role. He had some few runs on the flanks.
Hearts midfield was loaded with Afutu, Netty, FAB and Lawali. FAB was silent, Lawali played as if this is his third season with the club and was luvd by the fans today.
Hearts lacked wingers in the first half and all their attack was thru the middle of which Dwarfs also did very well by putting breaks there.
Abednego Tetteh and Obeng Jnr must up their game if they want Hearts fans to smile this season. They barely tested Dwarfs goalie Rashid Issah. The defensive pair of Dwarfs ie. Anafo and Kpodo did good work on them.
Richard Arthur looks rusty and not the same goalie we saw last season. He got injured and was replaced by Richmond Ayi.
I know Odoom took some positives in the first half.
Second half saw
This second half team looked balanced than that of the first half.
Fatawu and PR17 were tormenting Dwarfs defenders and Raddy Ovoka was doing same on the left side.
Victor Aidoo missed the best chance of the game after a fantastic run from Avoca.
Michel Sarpong and Abdul Aziz were fantastic to watch in midfield.
Richmond Ayi was virtually on a holiday in the second half. The team looks promising and Coach Nii Odoom needs to get his starting lineup right. I believe he will have a headache in his first X1.
Hearts team should not be ruled out this season with what I saw today.
They play Elmina Sharks and Medeama this Wednesday.
Beyond the return football returns.
Report by: Papa Dougy