Reigning Ghana premier league champions Wa All Stars were handed an opening defeat in their season opener away to Accra Hearts of oak. A late strike from Thormas Abbey for the Phobians denied the visitors a point after Richard Arthur had nullified an opening goal from Alex Kuasi for the capital based side.
The Northern Blues saw their injury list compounded by Paul Devries Asare, Hafiz Adams, Nasir Moro, Nicholas Mensah and Maxwel Baako Messi going into the Phobian game. The champions however deploid the versatile Mumuni Wahidu at right back whiles Nana Addai Aduku partnered Issahaku Konda in defense with Moses Nyarko completing the back line. David Abagna and Saddick Alhassan teamed up centrally on the pitch flanked by Mathew Andoh and Asuandzie Baffoe whiles Seth Amoateng and Richard led the Champions in Accra.
A slow start to the game by the reigning GHPL cup holders saw Rashid Seidu in post for the visitors tested by the high pressing host. Defensives lapses at the back handed Alex Kuasi a golden opportunity for the Phobians ten minutes to recess. The Ivorian import found the back of the net for the host in emphatic manner to send the stadium agog. The remaining 10 minutes on the clock could not produce any notable goal scoring chance in a cautiously played last few minutes.
A strong start to the second half of the game hauled Wa All Stars back into the tie as Richard Arthur scored his 10th league goal for the club with four minutes to play. A jinking run down the left flank by substitute Seidu Mumuni squad the ball back to Asuandzie, whose precise ball was miscued by Ben Mensah in post for Hearts of Oak. The resultant lose ball was poked home and the champions were back in the game.
Another defensive mix up at the back allowed Thormas Abbey to ghost home the winner with 2 minutes on the clock. The general captain for the rainbow club steered home a powerful header to set the alarm bells ringing. It ended 2-1 as the Phobians recorded their first win in the opening four rounds of the season. Wa All Stars next welcome Inter Allies to the Wa park in search of much needed points.