Hearts of Oak are new GHALCA Top 4 champions after beating Aduana Stars 2-0 at the Ohene Djan Sports Stadium on Thursday with one game to spare. The club’s second triumph of the pre-season tournament was aided by AshantiGold’s barren draw with Hearts of Lions at the Len Clay Stadium.
Hearts just-found star, Osei Pele proved why he is the most talked about player in the four-team tourney when he put the Phobians ahead within three minutes with an effort reserved for only inform strikers. Pele received a long supply from the middle, picked his spot in a split second and took a clever step and a swift turn to send his side ahead with a glancing header that left goalkeeper Stephen Adams flat footed and to receive a standing ovation. The homers will get better after the goal and with very little challenge coming from the visitors’, Hearts ruled the day and should have tripled their lead before the break but for unpardonable misses. Aduana who were reduced to passengers regardless of the inclusion of former Phobian, Bernard Don Bortey, however, managed to piece a few passes together nearing the recess and forced the homers goalkeeper Sammy Adjei to pull some important saves .The complexion of the game hardly changed after the recess and when Hearts wrapped up victory on the stroke of time through substitute Wilson Andoh who finished off a witty move by Pele, it was obvious the visitors lacked the quality to stop the Phobians.