Medeama SC repeated their new-found home dominance over Asante Kotoko as a Kwame Boateng first-half strike gave them a 1-0 victory on match-day two of the Normalization Special Cup competition Thursday afternoon.
The game was balanced with either side bound to score, taking turns to create some decent chances. It was one of such – a free-kick after the half-hour mark by Medeama skipper Tetteh Zutah which created problems for the visitors. Zutah’s effort found an unmarked who directed the ball towards Kwame Boateng to complete the scoring with a simple header but the ex-Kotoko striker saw his goal-bound effort stopped on its way by the hand of defender Abass Mohammed who found himself on the goal-line.
Referee Maxwell Hanson did not hesitate to award a penalty for the deliberate handball and dish out a straight red card to the Kotoko left-back.
Boateng elected himself for the penalty kick and expertly did it by sending Felix Annan the wrong way. 1-0 to the Mauves and Yellow on 35 minutes.
Coach Samuel Boadu’s men went into the break with the solitary lead.
The second half began with Kotoko pushing for the equalizer. They held possession on countless occasions but for lack of poor finishing.
Kwame Boateng again had a chance to snatch a brace but he shot wide at that instance.
Kotoko came close in the 79th minute but Abdul Fatawu Safiu once again failed to put the ball in the net.
The Porcupine Warriors piled pressure in bid to pull parity but couldn’t go through the defensive wall of the Tarkwa-based club.
Kotoko will next play Eleven Wonders at Techiman on Sunday while Medeama may have to rest once more due to the uncertainty surrounding the status of Wa All Stars in the competition. Medeama have an outstanding game with Berekum Chelsea.