By Anwar U. Larry from the Accra Sports Stadium
Accra Hearts of Oak were handed their first home defeat of the season, falling by a lone goal to Ashgold on Wednesday.
Daniel Gozar capitalized on a defensive error to put the hosts in the lead in the 11th minute.
Ashgold held onto their lead and defended resolutely to thwart the efforts of the Phobians.
Head Coach Frank Nuttall named an unchanged side from the Elmina Sharks game.
The Phobians were slow to start the game and were warned when Ashgold crushed a shot onto the crossbar.
However, the visitors were not so forgiving in the 11th minute, when they capitalized on a loose pass from Atingah Vincent to run at the Hearts goal.
Daniel Gozar peeled away to the other side before he was teed up and he made no mistake as he drilled the ball past Ben Mensah.
Hearts responded immediately by hemming Ashgold in their half and though they probed and stretched the visitors' defense, they could still not find target.
The visitors recoiled after taking the lead and hoped to hit on the break. They had a few decent chances but they were unable to trouble the Hearts defense.
After the break, the pattern continued with Hearts dominating proceedings whilst Ashgold defended deep with the intention of hitting on the break. Veteran goalkeeper brought his ace-histrionics game to the match and he did not hesitate to wind down the clock at the least opportunity.
Hearts' endeavor was nearly rewarded when substitute Bright Lukman released Patrick Razak in the box. The winger's first shot was blocked by Richard Ocran, but he was lucky to get the rebound however, he went for power instead of precision and blazed over the bar.
Chances were at a premium after that opportunity and though Hearts pushed to the very end, they could not find target on the day and lost their home invincibility for the first time this season.
HEARTS XI vs ASHGOLD: Benjamin Mensah, Fatawu Mohammed, Kassenu Ghandy (46 Bright Lukman), Richard Akrofi, Vincent Atingah Adae, Robin Gnagne, Patrick Razak (73 Cosmos Dauda), Leonard Tawiah (77 Paul Acquah), Kwame Kizito, Malik Akowuah, Thomas Abbey (c)
Unused substitutes: Samuel Akurugu, Robert Addo, Samudeen Ibrahim, Anthony Nimo.
ASHGOLD XI vs HEARTS: George Owu, Tijani Joshua, Roland Amouzou, Richard Ocran, Abeiku Ainoosin, Eric Opoku, Amos Addai, Theophilus Nyame, Shafiu Mumuni, Daniel Gozar (67 Nurudeen Seidu), Emmanuel Osei Baffour (56 Prince Owusu)
Unused substitutes: Magnus Ebo Duncan, Samed Ibrahim, Ken Owusu, George Apronti
Booked: Richard Ocran (24), Theophilus Nyame (52), George Owu (75)
MATCH REFEREE: Awal Mohammed