Asante Kotoko registered their first win of the season with a 2-0 win over Berekum Arsenal on Sunday.
The champions began the game in frantic fashion, creating some descent goal scoring opportunities right from the blast of referee Solomon Mordey’s whistle.
Striker Kofi Nti-Boakye came close to opening the scoring just after the 10th minute mark but like it has been the case so far this season for Kotoko, the chance was spurned.
The hosts went on to boss the game with Arsenal unable to get a hold of the ball and were left doing all the chasing.
Kotoko’s coach Mas-Ud Dramani however made an enforced substitution with Godfred Asante replacing the injured Smallboy Corbbah before the half hour mark.
Dramani however tinkered with his side again before the end of the first half – throwing on Ben Acheampong for Nurudeen Ali in a like-for-like substitution.
The changes however did little to improve the fortunes of Kotoko as the game remained goalless at half time.
The Porcupine Warriors were however not as profligate as they have been since the start of the season.
Midfielder Michael Helegbe broke the deadlock in the 64th minute to set the Baba Yara Stadium alight.
The good feeling was all of the sudden abound in Kumasi but it was to get even better.
New signing Joseph Ochaya doubled Kotoko’s lead seven minutes later to register his first goal for the side since arriving from Ugandan club Kampala City Council.
Kotoko held on from there to claim that elusive first win of the season – much to the relief of the technical and management team amidst mounting pressure from the fans.