Accra Hearts of Oak will host Danbort FC in the quarterfinals of the 2017 MTN FA CUP at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday, 30th July 2017.
The Phobians have their eyes set on ending their 17-year-wait to annex the FA CUP and they will be going all out to add Danbort to their long list of lower division casualties on Sunday.
Hearts started the FA CUP campaign with a 2-1 victory over Sporting Mirren. Anthony Nimo and Patrick Razak scored in either half to set Frank Nuttall's side on course for the next round.
The Phobians were in swashbuckling form in the round of 32, whipping Kotoku Royals by 4 goals to nothing. Vincent Atingah opened the scoring from the spot before Kwame Kizito doubled our lead. Subsequently, Cosmos Dauda extended our advantage after the break and he thought he had got his brace on the day only for the centre referee to recall the action and point to the spot after a foul on Patrick Razak. Atingah once again scored from the spot to nail the Division One side.
Team Hearts were made to sweat in the next game against Accra Young Wise but despite the hard fight, they eked out a 0-1 victory thanks to striker Abdul Rahman's own goal.
After progressing smoothly through the competition, Hearts understand the need to go far and get the job done come the end of the season so they yell guard against complacency when they play host to Danbort on Sunday.
Danbort have accounted for the heads of big teams in this season's FA Cup and they hold the true tag of being "the giant killers" of this year's competition. The Nungua based team beat last season's finalist Okwahu United 2-1 in the preliminary round. True Democracy also fell in the round of 64.
Danbort once again beat Heart of Lions 2-1 in the round of 32 and continued their magnificent run beating Premier League side Liberty Professionals 9-8 on penalties after holding them to a 1-1 draw game in regulation time.
THE FA CUP: Hearts vs Lower Division sides
Hearts have met lower league opposition teams in the FA Cup 16 times in the last six years. The Phobians have only lost twice out of the 16 games, winning the other 15. They have scored 33 goals and conceded five goals within the period against lower division sides.
LAST 16 MEETINGS WITH LOWER DIVISION SIDES
Hearts 2 – 1 Dunkwa
(Mahatma Otoo, Uriah Asante)
Hearts 4 – 1 Elmina Sharks
(Osei Bonsu (pen), Ashitey Ollenu, Mahatma, Uriah Asante)
Tamale Utrecht 0 – 3 Hearts
(James Bissue, Winful Cobbinah, Owusu Bempah)
Hearts 1 – 0 BA Stars
Hearts 2 – 0 Starke FC
(Gilbert Fiamenyo, Mahatma Otoo)
Hearts 2 – 0 Gold Stars
(Gilbert Fiamenyo, Owusu Bempah)
2013/14 Gold Stars 2 – 1 Hearts
Hearts 1 – 0 Elmina Sharks
(Isaac Oduro (pen).)
Hearts 3 – 0 Bolga ManCity
(Eric Kumi, Mason October, Foovi Aguidi (pen.))
Afienya City 0 – 1 Hearts
Hearts 3 – 0 Tamale Utrecht
(Emmanuel Hayford, Eric Kumi, Gerald Odupong)
Hearts 3 – 0 Wassaman
(Kenneth Okoro (2), Kwame Kizito)
Samartex 0-0 Hearts (5-3 pens.)
HEARTS 2 – 1 SPORTING MIRREN
(Anthony Nimo, Patrick Razak)
HEARTS 4 – 0 KOTOKU ROYALS
(Vincent Atingah (2), Kwame Kizito)
YOUNG WISE 0-1 HEARTS
(Rahman Abdullah (own goal))