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Sunday, 25 July 2021 17:49

FA CUP: Berekum Chelsea beat Kotoko on penalties to secure semis spot Featured

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Berekum Chelsea have stunned Asante Kotoko in Obuasi edging them out 4-5 on penalties after a goalless drawn game to cruise into the semi final of the MTN FA Cup.


The Porcupine Warriors also parading a strong XI knowing this is the only silverware they can clinch having the likes of Razak Abalora, Emmanuel Gyamfi, Fabio Gama and the Fan's player of the season Mudasiru Salifu.

Wahab Adams gets into the line up today to pair Andrews Apau in the heart of defence taking the place of Ganiyu Ismail.
On the opposition end, goalkeeper Ernest Sowah occupies the post against his former club today so as Collins Ameyaw with Stephen Anokye Badu and Amankona all in the starting team.
Asante Kotoko with the first chance after Solomon Sarfo Taylor was played through by Gyamfi but his effort was stopped by the Chelsea goalkeeper.
The host with yet another opportunity but Sarfo Taylor couldn't make something better out of it as his attempt-chip was no where near the post.
Berekum Chelsea breaks on a counter after pouncing on a loose ball but a brilliant slide tackle from Andrews Apau stopped the attack leaving an open game in Obuasi.
The Bibires begun to serge forward again which results in a corner kick with the delivery collected calmly by Razak Abalora in the air who wins a foul in the process.
Coach Mariano Barreto with his first change taking off mercurial midfielder Mudasiru Salifu out due to foot injury and replaced him with Kwame Adom Frimpong.
Penalty for Kotoko! Sarfo Taylor control a pass on his chest but got pushed down in the box, an incident the referee was very closed at and at once pointed to the spot.
Brazilian import Fabio Gama took responsibility but his effort was denied by goalkeeper Ernest Sowah, Taylor's rebound goes wide.
No goal produced in the first half!
Back from recess, Sarfo Taylor busy again as he starts with the first chance in the second half sending a strong 30 yarder but was collected by the visitors goalie.
Berekum Chelsea with a quick response after marksman Stephen Amankona also launched  a powerful drive but was punched out by Razak Abalora.
Amankona again, penetrates his way through the box after taking off Asmah and sent a belter but missed the poles by few inches. Nearly!.
Asante Kotoko drove forward again as Fabio Gama swung in a long one but was piled out to corner which actually resulted in a wasted effort.
It finished goalless after full time. Game travel straight to extra time
Berekum Chelsea looked like have been denied a clear goal which was pushed by Stephen Amankona but the referee rules it out for offside instead.
Asante Kotoko with a free kick just on the edge of the box. Patrick Asmah sends a decent one but goes off the crossbar.
Both teams again registered no goal in the second extra with the game travelling to penalty shootouts of which Berekum Chelsea won 4-5 on penalties to advance into the semi final. They will play AshantiGold SC.
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