Hearts of oak made a triumphant return to the Accra Sports Stadium with a 1-0 win against Dreams in their opening game in NC Special Competition.
Kwadwo Obeng Junior scored the only goal for the phobians in a game that saw Kim Grant’s side going more wasteful but promising.
Both teams began the game in a slow pace but the home side gathered momentum when Aminu Alhassan fires from long range.
The Dawu-based side responded quickly through Eric Gawu, whose effort was tipped off by goalkeeper Richmond Ayi.
Two quick attacks from the Phobians saw Isaac Amoako called into action midway inside the first half.
The Dreams goalkeeper parried a Joseph Esso effort before dealing cleverly with a Mohammed Alhassan strike.
Obeng Jnr thought he had a penalty after he fell softly in the box only for the referee to wave play on.
With the game daily balanced, the two sides went into the break with no goal.
Hearts of Oak returned energized and three minutes after the break, young sensation Kwadwo Obeng broke the deadlock.
He nearly grabbed his second after tearing through to the defense of the opponent but he lost his balance in the process.
Dreams nearly equalized after a brilliant free kick from Eric Gawu was brilliantly tipped off by the impressive Richmond Ayi.
Kofi Kordzi could have doubled the Phobians lead but missed a goal opportunity in a one on one situation.
Despite playing the last 5 minutes the game with ten men following injure to Aminu Mohammed, the home side remained resolute to close up a nervy end to the game and record a win in the opening game of the Special Competition.