There was wild jubilation as the whole township of Dormaa Ahenkro went into a frenzy after league leaders, Aduana Stars, deflated the ego of Asante Kotoko with a 1-0 triumph in their 19th week Glo Premier League top liner at the Nana Agyeman Badu Sports Stadium yesterday.
A bicycle kick by Nurudeen Ali in the 60th minute won the day for Aduana Stars after Kotoko’s goalkeeper Isaac Amoako failed to make a first-time save from a corner kick taken by Samuel Asiedu.
The tension-filled match travelled without on-field incidents as Accra-based referee Thomas Nunoo stamped his authority on the game and was not deterred by the vociferous home fans, some of whom held naked fire and moved to and fro to cheer up their team.
Both teams, from the blast of the whistle, played a good game to the admiration of their fans, but Kotoko, who looked determined to carry the day in the first half, always shot wide in front of goal, with the worst offender being Edward Affum, who failed to feed Baffour Djan with the needed crosses to score.
After recess, Aduana lifted their game and pinned Kotoko to their own half making them to lose concentration, but the opponents’ defence consisting of Michael Ofosu Appiah, Gideon Baah and Ofosu Appiah kept the Aduana attackers, led by skipper Samuel Asiedu, at bay.
Both teams made some few substitutions, with tactical Herbert Addo bringing on Francis Aduhene and Wahab Adams for George Ampofo and Seth Opare respectively, while his Kotoko counterpart, Paa Kwesi Fabin, pulled out Baffour Gyan and Jordan Opoku for young enterprising Stephen Manu and Omar Gariba, but it was the homesters who benefited from the substitution.