Kotoko shock Karela to go top

Two goals in either half from Asante Kotoko defender Imoro Ibrahim and striker Kwame Opoku yesterday handed the ‘Porcupine Warriors’ a 2-0 win over Karela United, shattering the homeside’s invincibility at the CAM Park in Ainyinase as the two sides clashed in a matchweek 13 Ghana Premier League (GPL) game.

Prior to the GPL top-liner, Karela had won all six games at CAM Park this season whilst the Porcupines were undefeated on the road.  

Imoro Ibrahim’s effort in the 36th minute and Kwame Opoku’s finish in the 61st minute sent Karela slumping from first on the league log to second with Kotoko assuming the first spot with the win.

Karela despite missing their two influential midfielders Umar Bashiru and Sadick Alhassan took control of the early battle but the usually clinical Diawisie Taylor who led the Karela attack fumbled with his early chances.

On one occasion, Taylor’s partner Franklin Osei was presented with a glorious opportunity but he fumbled it to the relief of the visitors.

Unlike the home side, Kotoko was not ready to blow away their chances, converting a goal-scoring opportunity that sent them ahead through Imoro. Imoro received a pass from Opoku and hit a first strike that was blocked but he latched unto the rebound to score his second goal of the season for the Porcupines Warriors.

Early in the second-half, Diawisie watched agonizingly as his shot hit the cross-bar to deny his side a way back into the game.

Subsequently, Opoku put the game beyond the ‘Passion and Pride’ boys to send the 25 per cent capacity filled CAM Park into utter silence. Opoku after being put through by Yusif Anabila raced into the Karela area to score his seventh goal of the season to break his three-game scoreless streak. 

When in the dying minutes, Taylor missed a glaring opportunity to reduce the deficit for the homeside, it summed up a day of botched chances.

BY NANA BENTSI ODURO

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