It was all smiles for interim coach Johnson Smith and his charges at the Accra Sports Stadium following their comfortable 2-0 win over Liberty Professionals to climax the last game on Match Day 8.
The Porcupine Warriors were the favourites of the two sides creating the best of chances in the early stages of the game.
Christopher Nettey with the first chance but his chipped effort missed narrowly on the second minute.
Two minutes later, Nettey sent in a cross which went out of play.
Kotoko opened the score through forward Kwame Opoku with a defected effort to give the Porcupine Warriors the lead on the 10th minute.
The pressure kept pilling on Liberty for the second and on the 18th minute, Kwame Opoku fed on Fabio Gama’s assist to extend the lead with a superb chip over goalkeeper Kofi Baah to register his brace.
Liberty found their rythm and came close through Abraham Wayo but his effort missed narrowly.
On the 21st minute, Kweku Karikari almost pulled one back but his strike was well saved by goalkeeper Razak Abalora as the visitors kept the backline of Kotoko on their toes with another decent long drive from Simon Appiah on the 31st minute.
However, Kotoko held on to the two goals advantage to end the first half on a bright note.
Back from recess, the visitors enjoyed the lion share of possession as they created good scoring opportunities in the first ten minutes of the game.
Godfred Atuahene gave Liberty the first chance but his effort was blasted wide.
Maxwell Ansah and George Ansong were introduced for Mubashar Issah and Ernest Danso to add more force to the forward line.
Goalkeeper Razak Abalora put up a superb save to deny George Ansong on the 72nd minute.
However, Emmanuel Gyamfi, Naby Keita and Muniru Sulley all came on for Fabio Gama, Adom Frimpong and William Opoku as Kotoko seeked to add the third goal.
The last ten minutes of the game was a ‘galore’ of squandered opportunities from both sides.
Kotoko emerged winners after Kwame Opoku’s brace gave the home side their second win of the season.
By: Linus Siaw Nartey