By Anwar U. Larry from the Accra Sports Stadium
Accra Hearts of Oak returned to winning ways beating Berekum Chelsea 2-0 at the Accra Sports Stadium on Wednesday.
A brace from the inspiring Thomas Abbey, one in each half, helped Hearts to end a three-game winless run in all competitions.
Team Hearts moved back to the third spot on the league log ahead of this weekend's crunch clash with arch-rivals Kumasi Asante Kotoko.
The Phobians had to bide their time before taking the lead in the 35th minute. They missed a couple of chances but Abbey made amends, stealing the ball off Kwame Kizito in the box before smashing a lovely shot past goalkeeper John Moosie.
At the break, Hearts held a long goal lead, but they soon doubled it a minute into the second half.
Fatawu Mohammed lifted a sweet cross that bamboozled the Berekum Chelsea goalkeeper, who did not know whether to come out for the ball or stay on his line. He chose the latter option and he was caught unawares by Abbey's flashing run to meet the cross on the volley.
Team Hearts did not have to break sweat after taking a two-goal lead, but back-to-club Winful Cobbinah made the game his own. He dazzled and titilated the fans and bemused Chelsea to the very end until his substitution in the 82nd minute.
Hearts XI vs Berekum Chelsea: Benjamin Mensah, Fatawu Mohammed, Richard Akrofi, Robin Gnagne, Vincent Atingah, Malik Akowuah, Patrick Razak, Samudeen Ibrahim (78 Paul Acquah), Kwame Kizito, Winful Cobbinah (82 Robert Addo), Thomas Abbey (c) (68 Isaac Mensah)
Unused substitutes: Evans Gbeti, Leonard Tawiah, Agbashie Dotse, Cosmos Dauda
Berekum Chelsea XI vs Hearts: John Moosie, Osei Bonsu, Justice Anane, Nicholas Opoku, Zakaria Fusieni, Francis Debrah (55 Seth Appiah), Evans Obeng (73 Akwasi Nti), Braimah Mohammed, Stephen Amankona, Wilfred Okai Quaye, Stephen Sarfo
Unused substitutes: Boadi Koffi, Richard Oti, Francis Tweneboah, Samuel Adjei
Booked: Evans Obeng (18), Zakaria Fusieni (60)
MATCH REFEREE: Reginald Lathbridge
MAN-OF-THE-MATCH: Thomas Abbey