League Report of Thursday, 24 October 2013
Source: Daily Graphic
Premier League leader Kumasi Asante Kotoko struggled to earn a slim 2-1 victory over lowly-placed Berekum Chelsea at the Baba Yara Stadium.
A dominant force in the first half, Kotoko were bunch of confused players in the second period as Chelsea maintained a decent spell of dominance but their efforts could not earn them a point.
The defending champions, who tasted their first defeat in the Premier League at Bechem last Thursday, moved the ball around with class right from the blast of referee Daniel Laryea 's whistle.
Yahaya Mohammed came into firing range in the ninth minute but before he could do damage, Chelsea defender Wilson Akakpo swept the ball off his feet. A minute later, the strong Mohammed found space just at the edge of the Chelsea area but again wasted the scoring opportunity.
The Porcupine Warriors found the opener in the 18th minute when Abdul Aziz Yusif latched onto a penetrative pass from midfield. From outside the box he drove inside to fire past keeper John Mossie.
With their tails up, Kotoko kept the heat on Chelsea whose defenders found it difficult handling the marauding Kotoko forwards. In the 32nd minute they increased the lead through Mohammed who scored a brilliant goal.
The visitors were handed a lifeline after Kotoko’s Jordan Opoku brought down Obed Owusu from behind in the penalty box in stoppage time of the first half. Chelsea captain Jackson Owusu converted the spot kick perfectly to give the former champions a glimmer of hope.