Special Competition: Mark Agyekum scores as AshantiGold beat Kotoko in Obuasi

Published on: 12 May 2019

AshantiGold SC beat regional-rivals Asante Kotoko 1-0 at the Len Clay Stadium as they bounced back from their midweek defeat to Medeama SC in the NC Special Competition.

Mark Agyekum's first-half strike was enough to secure all three points for the Miners on matchday 11 of the Special competition on Sunday.

Coach Kjetil Zachariassen made five changes to his starting XI as Richard Osei Agyemang and Shafiu Mumuni replaced suspended Samed Ibrahim and Richard Djodi respectively.

James Akaminko, Joseph Gordon and Tijani Joshua also paved way for Stephen Sowu, Abdul Latif Anabila and Appiah McCarthy.

Kotoko's coach C.K Akunnor also made two changes to his side that drew 1-1 with Bechem United in midweek.

Prince Acquah came in place of Emmanuel Agyemang Badu whereas Abass Mohammed replaced Naby Keita.

The first half was virtually balanced with the two teams sharing the possession at 50% and were threading cautiously right from kick-off.

Against the run of play in the 44th minute, the Porcupine Warriors failed to clear a cross from the Sowu on the right.

Agyekum benefited from the miscalculation by the visitors' defence to fire home the opener.

Asante Kotoko SC's only opportunity in the game came in the 56th minute but Mohammed's effort from the edge of the box went wide.

The hosts nearly doubled the lead in the 64th minute after McCarthy's free-kick was tipped away by goalkeeper Felix Annan.

AshantiGold will host Aduana Stars in their next fixture on Wednesday while Asante Kotoko will welcome Eleven Wonders FC at the Baba Yara Stadium.