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GPL WEEK 21 MATCH REPORT: KOTOKO BEAT MEDEAMA TO MOVE TO THIRD

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Kumasi Asante Kotoko beat Medeama SC to move to 3rd on the Ghana Premier League Table after the 21st week League matches played.

It was an electrifying and tailor-measuring match at the Baba Yara stadium, which saw Kotoko run out 3-1 winners over Tarkwa based Medeama SC.

The Porcupine Warriors was on a two game winning run in the league going to this game and was on the back of seeking a revenge against the Tarkwa based side who beat them 2-1 at the T&A Park in the first round.

Kotoko holds the superiority over Medeama and made their dominance count in the game as they started from the onset firing at all angles against Medeama.

Kotoko had a penalty appeal in the 4th minute turned by referee on the day, Prosper Adil but took the lead in the 12th minute when a corner at the right hand from Emmanuel Gyamfi was turned in at the far post by Evans Quao who was deputizing for Jackson Owusu in the defensive midfield role after he was excused of team duties to bury his dead father.

One nearly became two as an explicit cross from Augustine Sefa who was making his second Kotoko appearance after impressing on his debut in the Presidential Cup against Hearts of Oak was turned goalwards by Baba Mahama, only for Medeama centre back, Paul Aidoo to clear off the line denying Kotoko the 2nd.

The 2nd was to arrive as it was of a similar fashion to the 1st. Kotoko had a corner with this time at the left. Baba Mahama sent in the corner with Ahmed Adams heading in the second with a thumping header.

Kotoko had a host of chances to increase their advantage but was nicking at their fingers due to poor finishing as Emmanuel Gyamfi could only hit wide when put through on goal by Evans Quao. The half ended 2-0 with Kotoko in the lead.

Kotoko started as they ended the 1st but Medeama came in strongly to reduce the deficit but it was Kotoko who got the third, this time from a free kick.

Michael Akuffo who replaced suspended Obed Owusu surge through on goal and the midfielder was brought down at the edge of the box.

Saddick Adams stood up and planted the ball at the back of the net with Eric Ofori Antwi, in post for Medeama completely beaten.

Kotoko had more chances to make it 4 but was denied a clean penalty as substitute Ollenu Ashitey who had come on for Michael Akuffo was brought down in the box with his first touch but was waved on by Prosper Adil.

Kotoko conceded in the last minute of the three minutes added time from Bismark Oppong who beat Felix Annan in post for Kotoko at the near post.

The game ended 3-1 to the joy of the Porcupine Warriors’ fans moving them to 3rd after 21 round of games with 35 points to show off.

Kotoko will travel to El Wai stadium on Wednesday to face Inter Allies as they bid to make it 4 premier league wins in a row.

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