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Afriyie Barnieh hits winner on birthday as Hearts beat Bechem to defend MTN FA Cup

Accra Hearts of Oak successfully defended the FA Cup title following a 2-1 win over Bechem United at the Baba Yara Sports stadium on Sunday.

Emmanuel Avornyo scored the opener but goals from Caleb Amankwah and Daniel Afriyie Barnieh turned the tie for the Phobians.

Hearts started the game on the back foot with Bechem creating majority of the opportunities in the first 30 minutes.

Promising Bechem youngster Clinton Duodu forced a save from Richmond Ayi in the earlier parts of the game.

The first goal of the game went to Bechem United in the 45th minute. A brilliant long ball from Latif Anabila found Augustine Okrah who forced a save from Ayi but Avornyo was there to knock the ball in off a rebound.

Three minutes later, Hearts of Oak got their answer through a set piece. A pinpoint cross found Caleb Amankwah who tried the spectacular which easily beat the opposition goalkeeper to level matters just before the half time whistle.

In the second half, Hearts of Oak showed more drive and were rewarded with their first lead of the game in the 61st minute.

Gladson Awako’s cross found birthday boy Daniel Afriyie Barnieh who dinked it into the net.

The night got worse for Bechem United as star man Augustine Okrah was sent off in the 67th minute.

Hearts were able to hold on from there to clinch the title. It is Samuel Boadu’s second FA Cup trophy in succession after leading the side to the crown in 2021.

The victory means that the Phobians will now compete in the CAF Confederation Cup qualifiers.

Credit: 3Sports|Ghana

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