Asante Kotoko thumped Bibiani Goldstars at Kumasi.
Asante Kotoko was ruthless as they put newly-promoted side Bibiani Goldstars to the sword in our matchday 20 fixture at the Babayara sports stadium on Sunday evening which ended in a 5-0 scoreline.
A Georges Omgba Mfegue double and a goal each from Franck Mbella Etouga, Augustine Agyepong, and Samuel Boateng completed the mauling.
Knowing the score lines of our closet challengers before the match, coach Prosper Ogum and his boys knew nothing but a win is what will be needed, the team was set up to start on the front foot and the Porcupine attack was in full force
Sheriff Mohammed invited the crowd on minute one as he pounced on a loose ball from 25 yards and fired a tremendous strike, but Goldstars’ keeper was up to the task and made a marvelous save to put the ball out for a corner kick.
On the 20th minute, there was a Huge roar for a penalty, as Mfegue was brought down in the Goldstars’ 18-yard box but referee Jacob Aduntera had none of that.
10 minutes later the breakthrough finally came through Mfegue, The Cameroonian reacted quickest to pounce on GK Ernest Kusi’s loosed grips of an Imoro Ibrahim’s Cross to put us in the lead.
We got our second goal, some minutes later after a stupendous pass from Richmond Lamptey inside our half to locate Frank Mbella who beat his marker and waited for the runs of his compatriots, Mfegue, who made no mistake to chip the ball over Ernest Kusi into the back of the net.
At this stage, our boys were all over the visitors, doing very important things like passing the ball among themselves and quickly recovering it after they lose it.
We went into the break a Lil bit relaxed after getting a 2-0 score.
We started the second the way we ended the first, this time with more fluidity and movements into wide and close spaces, however, we recorded what looked like a bad injury, as our top scorer of the match Mfegue was heavily kicked from the back by Noah Martey, after three minutes of our medics working on him, Mfegue couldn’t make a returned and was replaced by Samual Boateng on the 48th minute.
The injury situation didn’t stop our boys from pushing, as Stephen Amankona forced Ernest Kusi to a save
Augustine Agyapong was set up by Richmond Lamptey, and the youngster sent a ferocious striker from the edge of the 18-yard box which took a wicked deflection into the back of the net to put us 3-0 up.
Richmond Lamptey was again involved as he finds his way into the opposition box but his touch was handled by Goldstars defender and the referee pointed to the spot
Mbella Etouga stepped up for the kick, and he made it four.
Just four minutes to the end of the game, Samuel Boateng was put through, the intelligent striker got his goal after looping the ball past Kusi who was out of his line
We had some rains at most parts of the game, both water and goals under cold Babayara floodlights
The three points won consolidate our place at the top of the table, we are sitting eight points clear ahead of second-placed Aduana Stars.