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Special Competition: Kotoko 2-0 AshantiGold: Shafiu claims full points for Porcupines

2:21 AM GMT+8 11/04/2019
Emmanuel Gyamfi, Kotoko
The Porcupine Warriors walked taller from the regional clash at their home ground on Wednesday

Asante Kotoko claimed a 2-0 victory over regional rivals AshantiGold in Zone A of the Ghana Normalisation Committee Special Competition on Wednesday, thanks to a brace from Fatawu Shafiu.

The visitors controlled much of the first half but had all their goal efforts thwarted by the one and only goalkeeper Felix Annan, whom Kotoko owe their thanks for not conceding on the day.

Ashgold’s Kofi Nkrumah and Shafiu Mumuni successively came close to breaking the deadlock by 23rd minute, but an inspired Annan denied them.

The Miners maintained domination and fought for goal all through the first stanza until added time when Kotoko made a scary incursion into the visitors’ area, with Ashgold’s goalkeeper Frank Boateng tipping Jordan Opoku’s close-range effort over the crossbar.

Kotoko returned from the break a stronger side, realising that they had to make the home advantage count.

Emmanuel Gyamfi spearheaded an onslaught that failed to find the target, which was followed by two other similar actions. The hosts had taken matters into their hands and were in perfect control of the situation.

Fatawu Shafiu and Prince Acquah dropped deep in Ashgold’s area, attempting to create something but the last ditch effort flew over the bar.

Kotoko’s first clear-cut goal opportunity came in the 53rd minute when Jordan’s strike went on target only to be parried by goalkeeper Frank Boateng.

Deliverance came for the Porcupines by the 72nd minute when Fatawu Shafiu was released into Ashgold’s box, where he meandered his way through in search of space before successfully shooting to put his side in front (1-0).

By the 78th minute, Kotoko improved their lead to 2-0 through the same Fatawu, who claimed a ball in the opponents’ box and slotted into the back net.

The Porcupines have now won two matches in a row.