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RE-LIVE: Asante Kotoko 1-0 Medeama SC - 2017 MTN FA Cup (REPLAY)

Published on: 02 October 2017

Follow the LIVE play-by-play of the 2017 MTN FA Cup semi final clash between Asante Kotoko and Medeama SC on GHANAsoccernet.com from the Len Clay Stadium in Obuasi.

Hello good afternoon and welcome to the LIVE coverage of the second semi final of the 2017 MTN FA CUP clash between  Asante Kotoko and Medeama SC at the Len Clay Stadium in Obuasi.

The game was rained off after 15 minutes of electrifying action and will be replayed this afternoon at exactly 15:00GMT at the same venue - The Len Clay Stadium.

Hearts of Oak saw off the opposition from Wa All Stars in the first semi final game with a 2-1 win following a goal each from Patrick Razak and Kwame Kizito despite Atta Mensah pulling one back for the Northern Blues.

We are glued to our seats, itching to watch the war between Kotoko and Medeama SC.

Stay connected as we  take a look at the line ups of both teams shortly.

Kotoko XI

Medeama XI

01'- Kickoff

05'- Brilliant exchanges from both sides with slightly low intensity as compared to last night's.

08'- Beautiful play from Medeama, great drive from Kwasi Donsu but misses the post by inches. Kotoko heeve a sighof relief

10'- Beautiful move by Latif Salifu, brought down by Sarfo Gyamfi. Free kick for Medeama

15'- Nice dribble from Sarfo Gyamfi, send a long one in but Kwame Boahene final touch, poor.

17'- Kotoko dominating possession at this moment. Medeama coiling - counter attack in their minds I guess

19'- Seth Opare whacked, referee stops the game. Medics attending to the player. Game on hold

21'- Bernard Ofori flagged offside. Medeama fans unhappy

22'- KOTOKO SUB: Evans Quao comes on for injured Seth Opare. Altered plans for Polack at this point

24'- Medeama looking dangerous but Ahmed Adams intelligentlyheads back to Felix Annan.

26'- Game relatively not on the high as compared to last night's encounter

27'- YELLOW CARD: Francis Addo booked for angrily challenging the referee for whistling Latif Salifu offside. Latif himself should have been yellow carded for madly kicking the ball away

30'- We are on the half hour mark and the game is yet to live up to the hype.

32'- Tempers flaring amongst the fans as game begin to grow in intensity

33'- Free kick for Kotoko. Could it be the deciding moment? Headed out!

34'- Kotoko surging close to the opener.  Kwame Boahene weaves through the Medeama midfield and sends a drive but Ansah saves. Corner kick.

35'- Medeama start attack. Latif Salifu sends a long one in but Eric Donkor head the ball away.

36'- Medeama turn attack into defence now as Yakubu brings down his marker. Foul for the Mauve.

38'- Medeama growing in confidence gradually. Attacking Kotoko now but Jackson strongly wins the midfield battle, sends a good one to Yakubu but the ball has been scooped away from him.

40'- Yakubu again, in a physical duel with the goalkeeper, wins the ball but sends it out of goal. Medeama not troubled at this time

41'- Cynical tackle from Evans Quao on Kwasi Donsu. A yellow card wouldn't be a bad idea. Free kick for Medeama

41'- YELLOW CARD: Evans Quao booked for a crazy tackle on Kwasi Donsu.

42'- Donsu position of a free kick. But the technician misses the post by inches with his characteristic drive.

44'- Medeama win a foul. Zuta send a long one in but Kotoko win back possession.

45'- Two minutes of time added on.

45+1'- Throw in for Kotoko.

HT: Kotoko 0-0 Medeama - Very cautious first half from both sides. Scared to take risks. Not too electrifying as many expected. Not many chances created. Perhaps the coaches can create magic in the second half to bring out the goals.

50'- Game resumes. Medeama looking more organised and purposeful than before.

51'- Sarfo Gyamfi with the best of chances in the game. Comes one on one with goalkeeper Ansah but hits a hard one over the bar.

55'- Kotoko close again but Medeama defence solid.

58'- Sarfo Gyamfi again. Takes on two defenders, sandwiched between them but shouts for penalty ignored. Referee had it right.

60'- MEDEAMA SUB: Daniel Ocrah comes on for Yaro Ibrahim

62'- Corner kick for Kotoko. Eric Donkor hits one in but goalkeeper Ansah releases a heavy punch.

65'- KOTOKO SUB: Sadick Adams comes on for Yakubu Mohammed

66'- Sadick Adams with his first touch almost resulting in the opener but Ansah saves. Goalkeeper in pain.

68'- Dangerous move for Medeama - Sadick lands a good pass from Jackson sends it back to Jackson to finish but Medeama regroup.

70'- MEDEAMA SUB: Tetteh Zutah comes off for Benjamin Bature

72'- Kotoko beg Medeama to score but Latif Salifu coils as Annan leaps for ghe ball

75'- Ahmed Adams given a verbal caution by Referee Awal Mohammed for a bad tackle on Abdul Rashid.

77'- KOTOKO SUB: Emmanuel Gyamfi comes on for Kwame Boahene

79'- Pollack surely unhappy. Now on his feet.

80'- Sarfo Gyamfi tees one into the 18 box of Medeama, Sadick Adams controls beautifully but hits a feeble one into the waiting arms on Ansah. The fans are angry.

81'- Sadick with a swift free kick,  gets the wall pass from Jackson but Yaw Ansah pulls a brilliant save again from Sadick's thunderous strike.

87'- Game gradually heading for penalties as both sides show no sign of breaking the deadlock

89'- Medeama now pushing for the opener. Win a throw-in in the process. A long one sent in but ball has been booted away.

90'- Three minutes of time added on. Can the deadlock be broken here?

90+1'- Calls for penalty ignored once again as Jackson Owusu goes down.

90+3'- Game over.

Extra time to be played. That is the rule for this competition.

ET09- GOAL!!! Sadick Adams finally breaks the deadlock and puts Kotoko on front.

ET14'- Another penalty call ignored but I think referee got it wrong this time. Sarfo Gyamfi was seriously tackled. That should have been a penalty. Wrong call from the center man.

ET16'- Game resumes. Medeama looking charged searching for the equaliser.

ET17'- Medeama SUB: Edmund Peprah comes on for Latif Salifu

Kotoko’sJackson Owusu appears limping in pain but sadly, the Reds have exhausted all their subs.

ET19'- Sadick Adams goes down as Francis Amoah issues a serious tackle.

ET22'- Medeama attack breaks down. Felix sends a long one in . Medeama start attack again

ET24'- Brilliant opportunity for Medeama but indecisiveness offers Kotoko time to regroup. Opportunity missed.

ET28'- Another Kotoko player down. Awal Mohammed this time. It appears the ball went straight into his private part.

ET30'- Medeama swiftly charges for another attack but Annan goes down d after an aerial challenge.

ET32'- FULL TIME: Kotoko 1-0 Medeama -  Asante Kotoko laugh last after putting up an improved performance in the extra time. Sadick Adams' goal on the stroke of half time in extra time was enough to see the Porcupine Warriors through. A thrilling final awaits all in Tamale on October 29 as bitterest rivals Kotoko and Hearts clash in the FA Cup finals.

By: Sheikh Tophic Sienu @desheikh1 on twitter

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