Kumasi Asante lost the double plot to stop arch rivals Hearts of Oak in their unbeaten run and also clip the wings of the Phobians in their 21 week encounter of the GPL match which ended 1-1 at the Baba Yara stadium in Kumasi on Sunday.
Hearts of Oak delved into their “never-say-die” motto by equalizing an earlier goal by Kotoko’s Kwame Boateng in the 17 minute.
It was a move involving Sarfo Gyamfi and Emmanuel Gyamfi who let go off a pile driver but Hearts goalie Sulaima Abdoulaye was on hand to punch into play and into the path of Kwame Boateng who flicked it home.
Many thought Kotoko were going to keep their nerves calm and pick their first three points in their last four games and get closer to Hearts but their resort to violent play gave their jitters away.
Hearts coach Sergio Traguil might have taken advantage of the break to pep his team up and they came back to do exactly what was expected of them.
They piled pressure and got the equalizer in the 52 minute through enterprising Patrick Razak who sent home a good cross from Isaac Mensah.
It always looked like a late winner was in the offing for the Phobians but Kotoko goalie Ernest Sowah had to delve into his rich experience to deny Ibrahim Musah and Paul Acquah in quick succession on the 74th and the 78th minutes respectively.
Patrick Razak had a chance to get home a brace on the afternoon when his strong loop was dealt with by Sowah.
Hearts’ centre back Inusah Musah was adjudged the best player of the game after 90 minutes of the thrilling encounter which saw supporters of both sides express delight at proceedings.