Ruthless Kotoko stage impressive comeback to edge Bechem United


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By
Simon Asare, GNA

Accra, Feb. 29, GNA
– Kumasi Asante Kotoko came back from a goal down to beat Bechem United 3-1 in
a matchday 12 encounter played at the Accra Sports Stadium on Friday.

A goal each from
Martin Antwi, Augustine Okrah and Ibrahim Moro secured maximum points for the
Porcupine Warriors who go joint top of the league log together with Ashantigold
who have a game in hand.

Konkoni Hafiz Wontah
scored the consolation goal for the Hunters.

Kotoko started the
game on the front foot and should have taken the lead in the fifth minute but
Bechem United goalkeeper Asempa Prince produced an impressive save to deny
Kotoko striker William Ooku Mensah.

Bechem United
weathered the early storm of pressure from the Porcupine Warriors as Hafiz
Wontah Konkoni broke the deadlock for Hunters 
on the 20th minute mark when he headed in from close range.

There was drama in
the 31st minute when Referee Kenny Padi overturned a penalty he
initially awarded Kotoko to the disappointment of the Kotoko fans.

But Kotoko pulled
parity four minutes later when Antwi converted from close range as Moro’s cross
was too hot to handle for the Bechem United goalkeeper.

The pressure for the
Porcupine Warriors was relentless after pulling parity and deservedly went
ahead in added time first half as Okrah converted from close range when Moro’s
cross was once again too hot to handle for Bechem goalie.

Kotoko started the
second in blistering fashion playing some impressive football with some silky
touches.

Justice Blay and
William Opoku Mensah had their efforts at goal come off the cross bar.

Kotoko got their
cushion goal when Moro struck a beautiful free-kick in the 58th minute
to delight of the teaming supporters.

Bechem United were
handed some chances in the second half but Kotoko goalkeeper Kwame Baah
delivered some impressive saves to 
reserve Kotoko’s
lead.

The game was very
cagey and saw some end to end action in the late 
stages but Kotoko
held on to secure all three points.

GNA