Ghana Premier League

Kotoko Break Phobian Hearts In First Super Clash

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Asante Kotoko continued their recent dominance over their bitterest rivals Hearts of Oak on Sunday after in the Ghana Premier League with a 2-1 win at the Accra sports stadium in match week 6.

Incensed by their recent victories against Liberty Professionals and Ebusua Dwarfs, Hearts of Oak were confident of recording a win over Kotoko who had back to back losses against Chelsea and SC Medeama and a win over Ebusua Dwarfs before the game on Sunday.

Ticket prices escalated, but that did not deter the fans from filling the stands on the day to support their favourite clubs amidst loud singing and jubilation.

The pre-match hype was one that favoured the home side especially with the inclusion of the likes of midfield duo Emmanuel Nettey and Frederick Ansah Botchway, but that did not deter the Porcupine Warriors who went into the game as underdogs.

The opening minutes belonged to Hearts of Oak as they pinned Kotoko in their own half, winning three corner kicks in the process, but in all instances, the defense kept it out of danger. New import, Daniel Afriyie had the best chance to grab the opener for the home fans in the 9th minute but his header from a Joseph Esso cross missed the post by inches. Indeed Hearts were flying at this stage.

Against the run of play, Asante Kotoko grabbed the opener through Justice Blay, an action that sent their vociferous fans into a state of frenzy. Hearts of Oak tried to respond with the equalizer before halftime but the likes of Habib Mohammed and Wahab Adams in central defense for Kotoko made sure the score stayed 1-0 at recess.

Back From recess and the Phobians will throw more men forward in search of the much-needed equalizer, and after several failed attempts made a breakthrough in the 64th minute through striker Joseph Esso who headed home from close range.

It was then a ding dong affair from then on as both sides created chances but either poor finishing or good defensive work from the defenders made sure the scoreline remained unchanged.

Kotoko fans were thrown into another state of jubilation right on the 90th-minute mark when the referee awarded them a penalty after the ball struck the arm of a Hearts of Oak player.

Naby Keita who elected himself to take the kick made no mistake as he sent goalkeeper Richard Attah the wrong way to score the 2nd goal, one that eventually became the winning goal.

Indeed Hearts got the gate proceeds, but Asante Kotoko picked all three points.

About Samuel A. Boakye-Buckman

Samuel A. Boakye-Buckman (popularly known as Dada Oliseh) is a self-motivated young journalist with a passion for telling stories better with pictures. He is the founder, owner, editor and bankroller of www.ghanasoccernews.com. He has a vast experience in the reporting of football-related activities in Ghana and beyond. A former employee of Hearts News (official mouthpiece of Accra Hearts of Oak), 90 minutes sports paper, National Sports Authority, Footballcrusader.com, sportscrusader.com, and ghanafootballnews.com, Samuel is one of the few energetic and self-motivated young journalist in Ghana with a large following on social media, especially Facebook (https://web.facebook.com/boakye.buckman.9). He is well known for his frequent updates from all over the country with pictures to match. He is also a correspondent for a few international websites, including CAF. In recent times, he has introduced, as part of his many talents, the live streaming of matches and football related activities. He lives in Accra Ghana.

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