Kotoko thrash Medeama

The Porcupine Warriors, Kumasi Asante Kotoko, continued their winning run when they mauled Medeama SC 3-1 in their week 21 clash of the Ghana Premier League (GPL) at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, yesterday.

Kotoko were full of confidence from the start of the match and taught their opponents a bitter lesson just a week after beating their arch rivals, Accra Hearts of Oak 4-1 on penalties to defend the President’s Cup at the same venue.

Medeama beat Kotoko 2-1 in the first round of the championship and Kotoko’s approach and determination was understandable.

The match got off to a lively start with the hosts pushing hard for an early goal which yielded result in the 13th minute when Evans Quao headed home Emmanuel Gyamfi`s corner kick to set the stadium alight.

The goal appeared to have unsettled the visitors who lost their rhythm with poor passes.

Four minutes after the goal, Baba Mahama watched in awe as his goal bound header was cleared by Yaro Ibrahim, with goal keeper Ofori Antwi clearly beaten.

It was one of the brightest afternoons for the Reds this season as they dominated play and reduced the visitors to chasing their shadows.

With Michael Akuffo and Emmanuel Gyamfi in the driving seat and calling the shots in the middle of the park, Kotoko controlled brilliantly and punched holes in the Medeama defense but failed to score the second goal.

Akuffo brought the fans to their feet when he unleashed a fierce drive that grazed the crossbar on the 36 minute mark.
But Ahmed Adam headed home the second from a corner kick in the 38th minute to cushion them against any onslaught from the Mauves.

Medeama appeared a pale shadow of the side that have threatened Kotoko in the last two seasons as the likes of talisman,Kwasi Donsu and Yakubu failed to match the power and pace of the hosts with their few chances dealt with by a water-tight Kotoko rear.

Saddick Adams added his name to the score sheet when he scored from a free kick in the 57th minute, and was replaced with Yakubu Mohammed afterwards.

Medeama upped their game but failed to string their passes together.

In the 69th minute, Medeama came close to scoring but messed that golden opportunity when Latif Salifu came face to face with Felix Annan in goal for the Porcupine Warriors.

They finally managed a consolation goal through substitute Bismark Oppong.

From Kingsley E. Hope, Kumasi

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