By Anwar U. Larry from the Tesano Police Depot Park
Accra Hearts of Oak U20 side Auroras Football Club whipped DAWTEX FC 4-0 to record their first win of the 2017 Greater Accra Regional Division 2B league on Friday.
Mercurial midfielder Manaf Gumah scored a brace on the day, netting the first at close range in the first half and expertly converting midway in the second half.
Togolese import Mawunyo Agolo set Auroras on course for the victory, stabbing home from close range with a pinpoint header after George Tonnyi's inviting cross swerved the visitors' defense.
His strike partner Philip Heymann also netted on Auroras' next attack to put coach Seth Hoffman's side two goals to the good in the seventh minute of the game.
On the half hour mark, Manaf extended the lead to three goals finishing off a move he had brilliantly started. The youngster got his second after the break before being substituted to a pet applause from the fans.
Auroras had lost their first game of the season and they recovered in style by thumping a sorry DAWTEX side in their first home game of the season.
With new Commercial Affairs Manager Kwaku Sakyi Quashie and Swede Alex Bloom taking time off their busy schedules to attend the game, the young Phobians paid in kind by upping their game and delivering an exhibition stuff for the fans and the club's top brass at the Tesano Police Depot Park.
The warning signs were flashed to the visitors right after the commencement of the game so it came as no surprise when Agolo leapt and steered Tonnyi's cross from a corner kick into the top corner in the fourth minute.
Three minutes later, stocky striker Heymann was also at the right spot to stab home Auroras' second on the day. He picked up a booking right after the goal and it came back to haunt him in the closing stages as he received his marching orders after an off the ball incident.
The young Phobians did not take their foot off the gas after netting the two quick goals as they probed and probed for more but they had to be patient.
Their patience was finally rewarded when Manaf Gumah Jr. ghosted past his man with a lovely flick before spreading the ball wide for Enoch Addo. The right back floated in a heavy cross but Agolo did brilliantly well to keep the ball in play with a perfect cut back. Umar had continued his run and he had the easy task of tapping home from close range.
Auroras seemed content with the three-goal cushion and so it came as no surprise when the visitors cancelled them out after the break. For long spells after the restart, the game flowed from one side to the other before coach Hoffman's side finally had a stranglehold.
From a long throw, Heymann missed the ball but it fell kindly for Manaf who took a touch to skip past his marker before expertly converting past the hapless substitute Dawtex keeper in the 70th minute.
The hosts had a couple of chances to extend their lead but the four was just enough to help Auroras recover from the first game defeat.
[PIX: Hearts Commercial Affairs Manager Kwaku Sakyi Quashie congratulating the players after the 4-0 victory]