Kotoko fights back to share points with Hearts

Stephen Asante, GNA

Kumasi, Aug. 6, GNA –
Asante Kotoko S/C, recovering from a recent fatal accident, fought gallantly to
force archrivals, Hearts of Oak, to a 1-1 scoreline in the Ghana Premier League
Match Day 23 outstanding fixture at the Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi, on Sunday.

The results could not
have been more justified given the performance of the two most glorious
Ghanaian clubs on the day.

The match, commencing
with a minute silence in memory of the late Thomas Obeng Asare, the Kotoko
Equipment Officer who perished in the accident, saw the visiting Phobians
taking control of the game in the first half.

Marshalled in midfield
by in-form Winful Cobbinah and Samudeen Ibrahim, the visitors outwitted the
Kotoko midfield trio of Jackson Owusu, Baba Mahama and Seth Opare.

Hearts was awarded a
corner kick in the 11th minute, but could not make the most out of this chance.

Kotoko, in response,
stepped up the game and came close to stunning the visitors in the 27th minute,
but Sidique Adams’ thunderbolt of a shot from close range was saved by goalie
Ben Mensah.

Hearts’ Patrick Razak came
close to scoring five minutes later, and his long-range drive was parried to
corner which was squandered by the visitors.

The second half
commenced on a vigourous note, and it was the Phobians who broke the deadlock,
courtesy Kwame Kizito in the 60th minute.

It was a beautiful
goal by all standards and initiated in the midfield by Cobbinah, who after
rounding up three defenders laid a pass to advancing Fatawu Mohammed for him to
connect to Kizito to finish off.

Kotoko fetched the
equaliser through a spot kick in the 80th minute as Sidique misplaced goalie
Mensah in the process.

The penalty was
awarded to the Porcupine Warriors when referee Dally Gagba adjudged the Hearts
defence to have handled Kotoko skipper, Amos Frimpong’s goal-bound shot.


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