Aduana Stars were pegged to a goalless stalemate by Asante Kotoko at the Nana Agyeman Badu Park in Dormaa on Monday afternoon to complete Week 18 round of matches.
Asante Kotoko who had to finish the game with 10 men after Owusu Jackson was sent off in the 75th minute were relentless and had a compact defensive set up to stop an all attacking Aduana Stars side.
Joseph Addo, Nathaniel Asamoah and Richard Mpong started for the ‘Ogya’ club against their former employers, Seth Opare who joined Kotoko before the start of the season started from the bench.
Aduana Stars came into the game having at the back of their minds that a convincing win will take them back to the summit of the league table, Kotoko needed positive result to move to 5th on the league table.
The game started on a good note as both sides settled very quickly, Saddick Adams established himself as a tormentor for the Porcupine Warriors against Wahab Adams and Stephen Anokye Badu.
On the other side, Nathaniel Asamoah and Tanko Mohammed had Ahmed Adams and Awal Mohammed to deal with, the latter pair under pressure throughout the game.
Before the first quarter, the visitors had been pushed back until Baba Mahama on three occasions tried to put Saddick Adams through on goal for Kotoko but interestingly were all flagged offside.
Ten minutes later, Richard Mpong went closer to the opener, he cut off his marker beautifully but Felix Annan denied the former from punishing his former employers.
Sadick Adams who has on fire also tried his luck from distance in the 35th minute but his effort was gently claimed by Joseph Addo, but Adams hurt himself in the process.
The first half saw no goals and Sadick Adams didn’t return after the recess, his injury got worse and was replaced by Abass Mohammed to lead attack for Kotoko.
Seth Opare was handed the opportunity against his former side, he was brought on for Collins Ameyaw who was booked from the first half.
The hosts looked more purposeful after the recess, they had the lion share of possession and attack more but attempts on goal Nathaniel Asamoah and Tanko Mohammed sent futile.
Owusu Jackson was booked for foul on Zakaia Mohammed in a dangerous position for Aduana. Noah Martey stepped up flied his effort.
The clock was ticking and Aduana needed a goal to calm their nerves, Coach Yussif Abubakar was forced to chance attacking duo Tanko Mohammed and Nathaniel Asamoah with Bright Adjei and Derrick Sassraku
Kotoko were later found in hot waters when Owusu Jackson was booked for a second bookable offense. The midfielder was already on one yellow and was booked again on the 75th minute for time wasting.
Steve Polack made his intentions clear after the sending off, he brought Evans Quao on for Obed Owusu in a bid to lock the defence for the rest of the game.
Well, it paid as the Aduana failed to take advantage of the numerical strength to break the deadlock, it ended goalless.
Defender Wahab Adams of Aduana Stars was named the NASCO Man of the match.
Source:Ghana Premier live