KUMASI Asante Kotoko booked a semi final berth in the MTN FA Cup competition after beating Obuasi Ashgold 2-0 in their outstanding game played at the Baba Yara Stadium, yesterday.
Jackson Owusu put the Porcupine Warriors ahead in the latter parts of the first half before Atta Kusi sealed the doom of the visitors with the second goal of the afternoon.
It was a hell of a match for the ‘Miners’ who were constantly frustrated by the match referee, Prince Amoah from Fosu, with what they termed bias officiating, the height of which was a matching off orders to playmaker Emmanuel Osei Baffour for a seemingly insulting behavior in the 41st minute.
That was two minutes after the referee had allowed a controversial goal scored by Jackson Owusu when goalkeeper Robert Dabuo was obstructed by a Kotoko player in an attempt to make a save.
The goal attracted sharp protest from Ashgold players and officials led by head coach Bashiru Hayford.
Dissatisfied with his performance, Ashgold officials confronted him during the break but were restrained by other match officials present.
Robert Dabuo could, however, not recover from an injury he sustained in the struggle and was replaced by Nana Bonsu five minutes into the second half.
Despite the numerical disadvantage, Ashgold remained on top of their game and carried the game to their host in search of an equalizer.
But their biggest disappointment came in the 60th minute when Kotoko’s lateral defender, Atta Kusi overlapped beautifully to pounce on a pass which he lobbed over the substitute keeper for the second goal.
Kotoko went closer to scoring another goal but substitute Obed Owusu wasted a begging chance that fell to them.
From Kingsley E. Hope, Kumasi