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10 Sep

Kotoko 3-2 Ashgold: 4 Things We Learned In The Asanteman Derby

An incredible game, a feast of legs, a joy for the eyes and an ever- changing dance that invented its own music was all one could expect in the Asanteman derby on Sunday. It was a game that produced five goals with hosts Asante Kotoko emerging victors.
 
The Porcupine Warriors on two occasions had to come from behind to draw parity and finally had the sucker punch through Wahab Adams, who headed home from an Emmanuel Gyamfi freekick.
 
Former Asante Kotoko striker Saddick Adams had put the visitors ahead from the spot but had his goal cancelled by expertly taken freekick by Songne Yacouba. 
 
Eric Donkor, another former Kotoko employee got the Miners in the lead and the Burkinabe was once again stood tall to draw parity for the hosts.
 
Below are four things we learned from the five-goal thriller.
 
Who can stop Magical Yacouba?
 
The Porcupine Warriors have regularly been undermined by a lack of pace and goalscoring prowess in the final third. All too often, the Kumasi lads little-to-no threat when it really mattered.
 
Not now, for with capture of Songne Yacouba, Fabin’s side finally have at least one player capable of hitting the back of the net with some sort of regularity. With Ashgold on the front foot in the first half, Yacouba’s willing running sparked something in both a charged stadium and his teammates to swing the balance the Red’s way in the second half. 
 
His example in pressing intelligently from the front encouraged others to follow suit. His performance gave supporters a tantalizing glimpse of what they’ve been missing for some time now. 
 
He got a brace to crown a productive day. His first goal was an expertly taken strike that goes someway to solidify his credentials as Kotoko’s focal point.  
 
However, the question on the lips of many a football fan is, who can stop Yacouba? Know of any defender on the local scene who has the antidote to the Burkinabe’s proclivity?
 
Ashgold give good account of themselves
 
The scoreline may hint at a comfortable game for the Porcupine Warriors, but that was not the case for periods of the game. 
 
Granted, Kotoko did create numerous chances and could even have won by a healthier margin, John Christiansen’s charges are accomplished in possession and willingness to try and play around the Kotoko press; although they did not have many scoring opportunities of their own in the second half, they did a good job of disrupting their opponents’ rhythm and making it difficult for the hosts’ to build up a head of steam. 
 
This was a disappointing-if expected-result from an Ashgold perspective, but there were still positives to take from their display. The Miners must now avoid another defeat against Kotoko in the return fixture and find their voices against their regional rivals.
 
Wahab passes confidence test
 
In the build- up to the game, all eyes were on Wahab Adams and how he was going to tame former colleague Saddick Adams.
 
Fortunately for the home fans, the former Aduana man proved why the club invested hugely in him. He had a very good game and scored the winner for the hosts. 
 
Calm on the ball and a towering presence, he exuded class from start to finish to the delight of the fans at the stadium.
 
It was a Rolls-Royce performance from Adams and a victory was what Fabin ordered. It’s been up –and- down start to his career at Kotoko, but this looked like a big step forward in his career with the Porcupine Warriors.
 
Adams and Donkor give Kotoko timely reminder of their quality
 
Considered surplus to requirement at Kotoko, Saddick Adams and Eric Donkor found refuge in Obuasi with Ashgold. 
 
The duo surely repaid the management of Ashgold for the confidence reposed in them. Handed a starting berth against their former employers, Adams and Donkor were on target as they lost narrowly to Asante Kotoko.
 
Donkor was lively and made some dangerous runs in behind to stretch the opposition defence.
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