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Hearts of Oak beat Ashanti Gold in Ghana FA Cup final to double this season

The Phobians left the happy side of the Accra Sports Stadium after stepping out of the penalty area

Hearts of Oak are the FA Cup champions in Ghana after beating Ashanti Gold 7-8 in penalties in the final on Sunday.

After a 0-0 draw after extra time, the match started in a shootout where the Phobians emerged in the Accra Sports Stadium.

It was the miss of Kofi Mensah during a dramatic shooting that handed over the trophy to the Accra team.

Hearts have now completed a doubles match in the 2020-21 term, after defeating arch-rivals Asante Kotoko earlier in the Premier League title.

This is their first time sealing the doubles match since 2000 when they last won the cup competition.

Hearts coach Samuel Boadu offered a very strong starting line-up, with regular suspects Patrick Razak and Daniel Afriyie Barnieh in the attack.

For AshGold, Yaw Annor, Mark Agyekum and Seth Osei were responsible for leading the search for goals.

However, both teams could not find the back of the net in 120 minutes of action when the referee, Daniel Laryeah, imposed penalties on the match.

In the shootout, Amos Addai and David Abagna (AshGold) and Caleb Amankwah and Barnieh (Hearts) missed their efforts in the first five kicks for each team and launched the shooting into sudden death.

When Benjamin Afutu missed Hearts’ 10th penalty, Seth Osei seized the opportunity to win AshGold when he failed to clinch the trophy for his team.

There was even more misery for the miners as Mensah missed their 11th kick after goalkeeper Richard Attah earlier scored the corresponding score for Hearts.

The Phobians, the most successful club in the history of the competition, have now established themselves as the FA Cup kings of Ghana and have now won 11 titles, one more than arch-rival Kotoko.

Sunday’s victory also gives Hearts the opportunity to represent Ghana in next season’s Caf Confederation Cup, but after also securing the Champions League ticket earlier, the Phobians would choose the latter competition.

According to the Ghana Football Association, Kotoko or Medeama could represent the West African nation in the Confederations Cup.

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