Asante Kotoko had Michael Akuffu to thank for his late strike that secured all three points for the Porcupine Warriors against a sorrowful Real Tamale United.
The Pride of the North could have ended the game with at least a point on Matchday-18 but were left biting their nails as the substitute put the Kumasi-based side in the lead to end the day 2-1 for his side in the Ghana Premier League.
Asante Kotoko were the first to open the score sheet at the Len Clay Stadium courtesy striker Seidu Bansi with just 14 minutes into the fixture. Bottom-placed RTU could not equalise before the break.
The Pride of the North, who are yet to win a game in the 2012-13 season of the Ghana Premier League, restored parity in the 63rd minute from the spot through Mohammed Aminu.
Just when all thought the Tamale-based side were about to smile for holding the Caf Champions League side and the defending champions, substitute Akuffu put the Reds in the lead to further aggravate their woes in the domestic top flight.
Kotoko are now four points away from the top.