Sports News of Thursday, 3 August 2017
Asante Kotoko beat lower division side Natcoster FC 4-1 on Wednesday to prepare for Sunday’s Super Clash against Hearts of Oak.
Goals from Obed Owusu, Yakubu Mohammed, Isaac Quansah and Abass Mohammed gave the Porcupine Warriors the confidence-boosting win.
Owusu put Kotoko ahead after 11 minutes by jumping over three markers inside the goal area to beautifully head home an Eric Donkor fine cross from the left.
In the 21st minute, Yakubu atoned for his earlier miss with a clinical finish, pouncing on a through pass from Eric Donkor, which once again, followed a sweet build-up from defence.
Nacoster FC however pulled one back in the 39th minute as Derrick Awuah Boakye converted a penalty kick after goalie, Ernest Sowah fouled Benin Oppong who was advancing dangerously to goal.
Sowah was also replaced by Youth team goalie, Nurudeen Mobinno while Frank Sarfo Gyamfi’s place was also taken by young winger, Felix Baah.
Isaac Quansah, coming in as a substitute, finished off Atta Kusi’s nice corner kick with a splendid header to leave the score line at 3-1 after 72 minutes.
Again, Atta Kusi had his name written all over the fourth goal. With a solo effort, he beat three markers before providing a cut-back pass for substitute, Abass Mohammed to hit home in the 86th minute to end the game 4-1.
Coach Steven Polack was in the stands as Team Manager, Godwin Ablordey, supported by Youth team coach, Ernest Appau directed affairs from the bench.