Bibiani Gold Stars suffered a one nil home defeat to Kumasi Asante Kotoko who have made it three wins in a row in the Ghana Premier League.
Isaac Oppong scored the only goal of the game in the second half to seal three points for the Porcupine Warriors in the matchday three fixture at Dun’s Park.
Their first time winning their opening three league games since the 2013-14 season, the Kotoko have moved three points clear at the top of the table, having played a game more.
Oppong was an unsurprising feature in Prosper Narteh Ogum’s starting XI, having made himself a fans’ favourite in no time by his fine appearances in the opening two fixtures.
Asante Kotoko was without captain Ismail Abdul Ganiyu since he is on international duty with Ghana in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
Gold Stars tried to take the game to Kotoko in the early minutes, winning two corner kicks within the first 15 minutes.
In the 20th minute, the hosts almost took the lead through Prince Owusu, who saw a point-blank shot saved by goalkeeper Razak Abalora. Michael Enu’s rebound went off target.Gold Stars went knocking again in the 33rd minute but Abalora was at hand to palm away a shot before another rebound, yet again, missed the target.
Four minutes prior to half-time, new Kotoko signing Richmond Lamptey tried to find the top corner with a curler but his effort went wide.
In the 55th minute, Kotoko registered the match winner as Oppong pounced on a loose ball around the edge of the box to bend a shot into the net, the referee having waved ‘play on’ after Patrick Asmah appeared to have been fouled.
Richard Amoah sought to bring the hosts back into the game with a long-range shot but his effort went over the bar.
In the third minute of injury time, Kotoko narrowly survived as Abalora had to be at his best to produce a save after coming one-on-one with an attacker. The remainder of matchday three’s round of games are set for Saturday and Sunday.