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Two late goals from Abdul Ganiyu and Samuel Boateng secured the Porcupine Warriors their second win of the 2021/22 Ghana Premier League season after defeating Bechem United.
Asante Kotoko managed to record another dramatic late victory by whipping Bechem United 2-0 in their match-week two game at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi.
The game looked balanced in the first half as both clubs had few goal glaring opportunities but they failed to make it count.
Lanky striker Emmanuel Avornyo had a golden opportunity in the 6th minute to open the score for Bechem United but he fumbled upfront as goalkeeper Razak Abalora denied him from scoring.
Asante Kotoko duo Joseph Amoako and Richmond Lamptey tried their lucks with powerful drives but their efforts went wide.
Bechem United goalkeeper Iddrisu Abdulai made a magnificent save to fist out a strike from Stephen Amankona, who was in search of his debut goal.
After the half-hour mark, Youngster Clinton Duodu became a tormentor for the Asante Kotoko backline to handle as he dazzles effortlessly but his final deliveries went into the palm of Abalora.
Asante Kotoko was forced to make an early substitution after Patrick Asmah picked up a knock which got him replaced by Imoro Ibrahim on the 36th minute.
A build-up of Joseph Amoako and Imoro Ibrahim nearly gave the Porcupine Warriors the lead on the 40th minute but their attempt went wide.
In the final minutes of the first half, Asante Kotoko kept mounting pressure on the visitors but none of their efforts got them the opener as it ended in a dull stalemate.
Back from the break, Bechem United looked very calm up front as the home side continued to dominate the game.
Asante Kotoko introduced Richard Boadu, Isaac Oppong and George Mfegue as replacements for Stephen Amankona, Joseph Amoako and Fabio Gama respectively.
The Porcupine Warriors kept knocking for the opener which eventually came via a spot-kick after Isaac Oppong was fouled in the 18-yard box by Dennis Mosaka in the 83rd minute of the game.
Skipper Abdul Ganiyu elected himself to neatly convert the penalty into the back of Iddrisu Abdulai’s net to open the floodgate for Asante Kotoko at the renovated Baba Yara Sports Stadium.
Newly-signed forward Samuel Boateng registered his first-ever goal for Asante Kotoko with a brilliant header through a cross delivered by Imoro Ibrahim in the dying minutes to end the fixture in a 2-0 win for Asante Kotoko.