Asante Kotoko fought from a goal down to open their Ghana Premier League defence with a win over Aduana Stars on Sunday.
The champions were hit with an early second half goal through a Daniel Darkwa strike as Aduana deservedly jumped into the lead at the Sunyani Coronation Park.
Kotoko who are still serving a home ban for crowd trouble last season rallied through Jordan Opoku to get the equalizer on the hour mark.
The equalizer came just moments after a clear penalty kick for Kotoko for a foul on Opoku was waved off by the referee.
The equalizer saw confidence within the Kotoko players soar as they began bossing the game much to the delight of coach Mas-Ud Dramani on the bench.
Striker Seidu Bancey then slotted in coolly at the end of neat Kotoko attack to edge the champions into a deserved lead for the first time in the match in the 70th minute.
The Porcupine Warriors were then denied another clear penalty five minutes later as goalkeeper Stephen Adams mis-timed his tackle to bring Yahaya Mohammed down but referee Cecil Fleischer again looked the other way.
Kotoko however kept control of the game to pick their first three points of the season.