Berekum Arsenal came back from a goal deficit to defeat defending champions, Kumasi Asante Kotoko, 3-1 in their Glo Premier League match at Berekum Golden City Park yesterday.
Kotoko drew first blood after just 10 minutes when Alex Asamoah’s thunderous grounder from outside the box, following a pass from Louis Agyemang, zoomed into the net to wild cheers from the fans.
Arsenal, who were determined to prove a point, and also to maintain their home invincibility in recent games, responded with a flurry of attacks from all angles and succeeded in cancelling the lead through a header by Prince Attakora Gyimah.
Substitute Richard Awuah put Arsenal ahead in the 78th minute with a clinical strike after the Kotoko defence failed to clear their lines.
Francis Aggrey then made victory certain in the 83rd minute when he took advantage of loose marking by the Kotoko defence to score the third goal for his side.
The early goals brought the stadium alive and promised an excitement that few might have anticipated despite the toughness of the tie. Thereafter it was Arsenal who kept the pressure on the Fabulous boys whose midfield and defence could not hold as they kept committing blunders in their vital area, thereby putting pressure on goalkeeper Soulama Abdulai till the end of the first half.
Immediately after recess, Arsenal lifted their game while Kotoko, who could not find their rhythm, chased their shadows with their central defence leaking badly.
Kotoko exhausted their substitution list during the second half, but that could not alter the trend of the game as Arsenal kept the pressure to score twice within a space of five minutes to seal victory and avenge recent defeats to Kotoko as Asamankese-based Referee Vincent Otoo ended proceedings.