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The penalty awarded to Hearts was a dubious one. It is the reason we lost – Johnson Smith

Head coach of Karela United FC, Johnson Smith has disclosed after their 1-0 loss to Hearts of Oak that the penalty awarded to Hearts of Oak was a dubious one else they wouldn’t have lost this game.

It was a game with high intensity at the Ohene Gyan stadium yesterday. It was the first time both teams met at that venue and Hearts of Oak run out with a narrow 1-0 triumph thanks to a penalty goal in the second department of the game.

The game commenced very slowly since both teams were now settling in order to find their rhythm. In the first fifteen minutes in the first half, both teams created some decent chances but failed to find the back of the net. We were not seeing the fluidity of the game due to a down pour of rain in the first half.

Alhassan Mohammed headed a corner sent in by Christopher Bonney but couldn’t reach his target whiles Diawisie Taylor also failed to capitalise on a one on one situation with goalkeeper Richmond Ayi. Another corner kick taken from the left side by left back William Denkyi nearly entered the net but Karela shotstopper Isaac Hagan was very quick to tap the ball over the crossbar. Half time ended goalless.

In the second half, the game was flowing very well unlike the first half with Hearts of Oak dictating the pace of the game. Midfielder Daniel Okodie was fouled in the penalty box with referee pointing to the spot quickly. Right back Christopher Bonney made no mistake by converting to give the Phobians the lead. Karela tried several times to get back on level terms but all proved futile.

With this, Karela United coach, Johnson Smith after game stated categorically clear that his lads played very well and attributed that Hearts victory to a dubious penalty awarded against them. He said this when he was been interviewed by matchday commentator, Benjamin Willie Graham after the game.

By: Iddriss Abdul Rahim/

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