The Porcupine Warriors, Kumasi Asante Kotoko, yesterday beat Wassaman United from the Western Region 1-0 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium to progress to the quarter-final sage of the MTN FA Cup competition
Several attempts by Kotoko midfielder Baba Mahama finally yielded dividends in the 34th minute when he was brought down in the box by the skipper of Wassaman, Daniel Paha Kwofie.
Referee Prince Amoah, who was close by, awarded a spot kick which Amos Frimpong converted beautifully to give Kotoko the only goal of the match.
Moments after the goal, Kotoko mounted incessant pressure on the visiting team, forcing a defender of Wassaman to use his hand to hit the ball in their penalty box, but the referee ignored a penalty appeal by the Kotoko players.
The Kotoko attackers, especially Mahama and Yakubu Mohammed, made a lot of incursions into the danger zone of the visiting team but failed to convert the opportunities that came their way
Wassaman also hit back with occasional counter-attacks but they lacked the experience to penetrate the defence of Kotoko
Substitute Cobby Anyormi of Wassaman had a bright opportunity to bring his side at par when he was put through in the box, but he shot widemuch to the relief of Kotoko players and the sparse home supporters.
Accra Hearts of Oak needed a goal by Abdul Rahman to defeat lower division side Young Wise 1-0 at Kasoa, while defending champions Bechem United were put to the sword by Berekum Chelsea who thumped their regional rivals 4-0 at the Golden City Park, Berekum.
Stephen Sarfo, Alfred Nii Okai Quaye, Michael Yeboah and Stephen Sarfo were on target to seal a famous win for Chelsea.
At Nungua, Liberty Professionals were showed the exit after losing 8-9 on penalties to lower division side Danbort after both teams played out a 1-1 draw at the end of regulation time.