Sports Information of Thursday, 20 June 2019
Obuasi-dependent Ashantigold (Ashgold) yesterday denied Kumasi Asante Kotoko the possibility to relish a unique double victory in thenation’s capital, by coming from driving to report an emphatic 3-1 earn in their semi-last clash in the Tier Two of the Exclusive Competition performed at the Accra Stadium.
It was a difficult regional fight with no compromises as both sides uncovered the back of the web early, but it was Ashgold who would but again earn the struggle to deny Kotoko the prospect to document a double at the exact venue, having overwhelmed archrivals, Accra Hearts of Oak, final Sunday in the semi-finals of the Tier A person of the Unique Levels of competition.
The match was without a doubt highly-priced for Kotoko as they did not only lose the prospect to be in the ultimate of one more opposition, but they missing their captain, Amos Frimpong, and goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim to injuries and the extent of injuries sustained by the two will be identified nowadays.
Just as they did at the same venue previous Sunday, the Porcupine Warriors took an early direct via Naby Keita on the fifth moment, but they could not maintain on for extensive, as Ashgold equalised practically right away through a Yussif Mubari nod from a cornerkick properly taken by Roland Amouzou.
Emmanuel Owusu (30th moment) and Mark Agyekum (55th min) also went on to score leaving Kotoko with no likelihood to get better and possibly press the match into penalties.
Obtaining provided by themselves the required assurance booster with the objective and equaliser, both equally sides experimented with to go in advance again, intensifying their probe but Kotoko, regretably, paid out a hefty value in the 27th moment when inspirational skipper, Frimpong, acquired wounded and was changed by Habib Mohammed.
That might have momentarily unsettled Kotoko as 3 minutes later on, Owusu place Ashgold in advance with a wonderful intention in the 30th moment when he connected Amouzou’s cross.
Suitable from recess, the two sides ongoing from where by they still left off with each and every aspect determined to get the advantage but it was Ashgold who, once again, had the higher hand when Agyekum soared to head house their 3rd target. Eager to halt the striker, Kotoko’s goalkeeper, Ibrahim, collided with the opponent and, sadly, received injured much too.
This held the game up for about eight minutes. Coach Charles Kwablah Akonnor had to make a next substitution by bringing on reserve goalkeeper, Osei Kwame.
The Porcupine Warriors tried tough to get well, having said that, they ended up held in look at by a disciplined Ashgold defence. Not even the excellent exploits of Abdul Fatawu Safiu could scare the identified Miners.
For instance, ideal from recess in the 48th minute, he powerfully headed the ball from shut range, but was saved by the Miners goalkeeper.
There have been other moves from Kotoko, nonetheless, a resilient Ashantigold facet held on to possession and preserved their two-intention guide, with substitute Godfred Asiamah terrorising Kotoko in most parts of the next 50 %.
As the recreation wore on, it was obvious Ashgold were being the excellent aspect and moments just after the final whistle went, the Miners could not support but also taunt the Porcupine Warriors with the ‘Omo adaa’ dance just as they did to Hearts final Sunday.
The crestfallen glance on the confront of Mentor Akonnor following the recreation certainly showed his disappointment as he and his fees had been left to rue skipped scoring possibilities for a specific double.
Now, they [Kotoko] will have to get better rapidly to encounter KarelaFC in the remaining of the Tier A person tournament on Sunday for the Champions League slot.