IN-FORM Kpando Heart of Lions fought fiercely to a 1-1 drawn game against Kessben FC in a Onetouch premier league match at the Anane Boateng Stadium at Abrankese.
Kessben had vowed to take advantage of home grounds, but the scoreline was a fitting result for a match which saw the two sides equally matched.
Parading a fearsome attack of Osei Banahene, Dominic Adiyiah and Abraham Annan, Lions poured intense energy into the early exchanges but were often caught in the offside trap.
Four minutes into the game, Banahene soared to nod home a great cross from Annan only for Referee P.K. Aziza to rule it offside.
It was an early warning to Kessben and when they accelerated, Douglas Nkrumah's drive from some 16 yards flew just off target.
Appearing dominant in the middle, Lions took advantage to craft some dangerous moves on the left flank where Annan was in terrific shape.
It was little surprise when the visiting team opened the scores in the 25th minute as their leading marksman, Banahene, found himself in space following a corner kick to drill the ball in the net.
So much pressure came on the home side to look for the equaliser but they failed to get their passes through to the firing range.
However, just three minutes to end the first half, Kessben equalised through a penalty after Lions' John Boye brought down Bismarck Idan in the box.
Boye was booked for that savage tackle and skipper Ofosu Appiah who stepped up for the kick did justice to it.