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Kotoko strike in extra-time to win MTN FA Cup for season's double

Published on: 08 June 2014
Asante Kotoko

Asante Kotoko completed their first ever double by clinching the FA Cup with an extra time win over Inter Allies on Sunday.

Striker and captain of the day, Seidu Bancey tapped in at close range to see the Premier League champions emerge with a hard fought 2-1 win over a determined Inter Allies after 120 minutes of football at the Accra Sports Stadium.

The game started on a frantic mode as Kotoko came close to opening the scoring in just the first minute.

Bancey miscued his rebounded volley much to the disappointment of the expectant fans of the Porcupine Warriors.

Inter Allies responded in like measure immediately off Kotoko’s first chance and should have scored.

But goalkeeper Joseph Addo was alert to snuff out the attack as Talla Ndiaye tried to beat him in a one-on-one situation.

Kotoko then returned with another chance five minutes later but Abdul Aziz Yusif struck straight into the side net.

It however didn’t take that long for Inter Allies to succumb to the inevitable.

Winger Richard Mpong capitalized on an intended header to Inter Allies goalkeeper Osei Kwame to smash in a deserved opener in the 8th minute.

The goal sparked Inter Allies attacking onslaught but Abeiku Ainooson was however one of his good days in the Kotoko defence.

Ndiaye’s attempted curler into the far-post was charged down by the backtracking Amos Frimpong.

The game then went through a patchy spell with numerous tackles and cautions being handed out by referee William Agbovi.

Michael Akuffo was the closest to scoring for the remainder of the half but his well-struck shot went straight into the arms of goalkeeper Osei Kwame in the 35th minute.

Inter Allies however returned to the second half the more purposeful side and launched a series of attack.

The resolute Kotoko defence were however not budging and repelled these repetitive attacks but their efficiency at the back were dropping gradually and it told significantly in the 58th minute.

Ndiaye found himself in space in Kotoko’s goal area when a scrambled ball dropped to his feet.

He kept his composure and did well not to miss by planting the ball well beyond the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Joseph Addo.

The goal was just what was needed for Herbert Addo’s side as they went on to boss the game since their vital equalizer.

Kotoko had a penalty shout turned down by referee William Agbovi after Seidu Bancey tumbled in the box in the 68th minute.

The Kotoko fans were least amused by the decision but it appeared to be the right call.

Sheriff Mohammed then had a chance to edge Inter Allies into the lead in the 77th minute but his free header lacked the power and direction to trouble Joseph Addo in the Kotoko post.

Kotoko almost won it at the depth but substitute Isaac Boakye failed to release the ball when vitally needed to send the game into extra time.

The Premier League champions showed their intent from the on set as Inter Allies needed a goal line clearance from Diop Dauda to deny Kotoko the lead in just the first minute of extra time.

Michael Akuffo then agonizingly rattled the cross bar off a free kick in the fourth minute of extra time as yet another opportunity for Kotoko went by.

The game headed into the second half of extra time where striker Bancey would win it for Kotoko.

Goalkeeper Osei who had been impressive all afternoon for Inter Allies spilled a drilled Jordan Opoku shot into the path of Bancey who coolly slotted home the winner.



This article has 12 comment(s), give your comment
  • Paul says:
    June 08, 2014 08:38 pm
    All fans who came to the stadium today had real football fun as hearts of oak fans were present as usual to do their against but they went home disappointed. FABULOUS!!! THE BEST!!!
  • freshnaro says:
    June 08, 2014 08:47 pm
    Where are the destructive forces that were against us winning the double. Shame on u all. Thumbs up to the fabulous lads. They've made us proud.
  • Kodom stephen says:
    June 08, 2014 08:14 pm
    When u think of a club in Ghana,think of great kotoko cos we are "premus inter pares".
    June 08, 2014 07:52 pm
    Fabulous forever.
  • Nana Kwadwo, U.S says:
    June 09, 2014 04:50 am
    Ayikooooo. One more to finish the season and that is the Top Four.
  • asido'o says:
    June 09, 2014 05:37 am
    congrats my darling club
  • Ras Ndur says:
    June 09, 2014 05:42 am
    u admin shld do ur research well cos has clinched twice before bak in 2005, evn 4 trophies in dat yr. so u shld do ur research well. fake site.... mtchewww
  • wilfred owusu says:
    June 09, 2014 05:56 am
    plz pardon boakye bcoz he was having an injury
  • wilfred owusu says:
    June 09, 2014 06:02 am
    fabuuuuuuloozZz beku me ,kotoko iz the greatest ghanaian club ever .bansey the attacker in our system .congrate fabu .fabuuuuuuloozZz the best fabuuuuuuloozZz the greatest
  • Kwabena says:
    June 08, 2014 07:00 pm
    I hardly watch any of our local matches these days being it on TV or stadium, although i used to watch them growing up as early as seven years. I am however, impressed with what I saw today between kotoko and inter Allies except that i was so annoyed with some of the selfish play from guys like Isaac Boakye who kind of created numerous wonderful chances but ended uo messing all of them up. That performance, perhaps explains to me why he failed internationally after making it so early in the BS than any other player.
  • Ghanaman says:
    June 08, 2014 11:59 pm
    I have always said it,Kotoko will always be the best team in Ghana.
  • antwi says:
    June 08, 2014 09:35 pm
    I think the league is for jerry asare,and the fa cup is also for Mr pv obeng .may their souls rest in peace.