Abass Mohammed’s second minute goal was all Kotoko needed to beat Aduana Stars to get their Special Competition campaign off to a good start.
The Porcupine Warriors were second best in most parts of the game that was played infront of a scant crowd at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi, but were hardly threatened by Aduana Stars.
The Porcupines controlled the first five minutes and maintained intense pressing during which Abass Mohammed latched onto Emmanuel Gyamfi’s low cross to hit home from inside the goal area.
Coach Charles Kwablan Akonnor’s side ceded control to the visitors after the goal, and Dany Teguy was replaced by Stephen Nyarko after dislocating his left shoulder, following a strong challenge by Aduana Stars’ Caleb Amankwah.
Midfielder Kwame Bonsu soon followed Teguy to the dugout when he suffered a cut on his lip and was replaced by Prince Acquah.
Yahaya Mohammed nearly fetched Aduana Stars the equaliser in the 33rd minute when he pounced on Samuel Bio`s low drive to direct the ball into the net from the goal area, but the referee ruled the goal for an offside.
The injury situation went from bad to worse for Kotoko when Wahab Adams was stretchered off the pitch on suspicion of concussion at the death of the first-half.
Emmanuel Agyemang Badu yook his place at the start of the second-half.
Elvis Opoku burst forward for Aduana Stars in the 56th minute and a through pass to Yahaya Mohammed was nearly connected to goal but substitute Badu dived to clear the ball to safety.
As Kotoko laid back and invited pressure, Emmanuel Gyamfi nearly pinned the visitors down with a quick counter break when referee Julian Nii Akwa Nunoo controversially ruled Abdul Fatawu offside before he could get to the winger’s through ball.
Noah Martey was forced to take an early shower in the 75th minute when he attracted a second yellow card after his poor tackle on Gyamfi.
Five minutes from full time, Kotoko’s Fatawu tried to add his name to the sheet of scorers but former Black Stars ‘keeper Joseph Addo made a fine save, keeping the score 1-0 in favour of Kotoko.
The Oseikrom Boys settled on the solitary goal to grab their first maximum points of the competition and maintained their supremacy over Aduana Stars at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.