MATCH REPORT: Kotoko and Heart shares spoils in Super Clash

Published on: 06 August 2017

Kumasi Asante Kotoko scored a late penalty to pick a point against bitterest rivals Accra Hearts of following their return to action after their fatal accident suffered last month.

Striker Saddick Adams scored from the spot in the 81st minute to cancel out a Kwame Kizito strike on 60 minutes after referee Dally Gagba had controversially awarded the porcupine warriors a penalty.

Accra Hearts of Oak striker Kwame Kizito neatly finished off a good build up from midfielder Winful Cobinna, who took on three Kotoko players before skillfully laying a pass to full back Fatawu Mohammed who laid the ball for the striker to roll it into the net.

Both side began the game in a fairly balance manner with non-creating any real chance until on the half hour mark when menacing winger for Accra Hearts of Oak, Patrick Razak, started to run at the Kotoko defenders creating a couple of goal scoring chances but the Phobians could not find the back of the net.

The Porcupine Warriors looked worn out after the events of the last few weeks, having played not a single competitive game leading up to this game.

However Saddick Adams was having a real battle with Hearts defender Vincent Atinga who looked to have handled the former Ghana youth star very well.

The two sides went into the half without a goal but Kumasi Asante Kotoko returned in the second half much stronger.

Midfielders Baba Mahama and Emmanuel Gyemfi tested goalkeeper Ben Mensah but the former Edubiase shot stopper was equal to the task.

Meanwhile, the phobians had one magic in their sleeves when skillful midfielder Winful Cobinna weaved his way pass three midfielders and dexterously found Fatawu Mohammed on the right who put in a teasing cross for Kizito to slot in.

The Porcupine Warriors hurriedly wanted to find an equalizer. They won two corners in succession but Mensah was equal to the task, producing great stops to deny the Porcupines.

Coach Steven Polack had to substitute Emmanuel Gyamfi for striker Mohammed Yakubu who came in with some threats.

Their inclusion added more urgency to Kotoko set up. The attack become more purposeful and it was one of those that resulted in a penalty in the 79th minute.

Amos Frimpong’s strike on target was adjudged to have hit the hand of Leonard Tawiah. But Saddick Adams equalised with a great effort from the spot with less than 15 minutes remaining.

The goal propelled Kotoko to pile on incessant pressure and Hearts were lucky to escape with a point as Saddick Adams, in last minute of added time, missed the match winner for Kotoko as he failed to find the net from a close range effort.