Hearts of Oak’s poor start to the season continued on Sunday with their first defeat as they lost 2-0 against AshantiGold at the Len Clay Stadium in Obuasi.
The Phobians were confident of ending their winless run against the Miners, who have equally failed to impress, leading to the sacking of coach Ernest Thompson.
But led by interim manager Thomas Duah, Ashgold avenged last season’s MTN FA Cup final defeat and piled pressure on coach Samuel Boadu.
Boadu’s side haven’t won a single game this season and are nine points behind Asante Kotoko who are currently flying high with four straight wins and occupy the first position in the league.
Hearts should’ve opened the scoring, but Patrick Razak hit the post after rounding goalkeeper Kofi Mensah in the first half.
Ashgold punished them in the 53rd minute when Yaw Annor scored a superb solo goal. He picked the ball from the centre and made a daring run into Hearts box before calmly beating Richard Attah.
With Hearts desperately seeking the equaliser, they left spaces at the back for Ashgold to exploit. Attah saved them in the 82nd minute but the Miners got the second deep into stoppage time courtesy of Abdul Salam.
In Accra, youngster Fatawu Issahaku scored a stunning brace but it wasn’t enough as Great Olympics rallied from three-goal down to snatch a point against Dreams FC in a drama-filled contest.
Dreams led 3-0 before the 27th minute with Issahaku scoring his third and fourth goals this season but Olympics were awarded three penalties and they scored all.
Maxwell Abbey Quaye scored the first two to take his tally for the season to six goals before Samuel Armah scored the last penalty to complete the comeback.
Elmina Sharks won their first game of the season beating Bibiani Goldstars 2-1 in Elmina. Legon Cities, with their head coach Maxwell Konadu back from national duty with Black Stars, twice came from behind to take a point at WAFA.
On Sunday morning, the fixture between Aduana Stars and Real Tamale United, which was rained off on Saturday, continued from the second half. With the game squared at 1-1, the Ogya produced a remarkable performance, scoring four goals to win 5-1 and register their first win.