Asante Kotoko displayed a commendable performance on Saturday as they clinched a 1-0 victory over relegation-threatened Accra Lions at the Accra Sports Stadium, maintaining their unbeaten streak of five games against their rivals.
In a tightly contested match, Sarfo Taylor's header in the first half proved to be the decisive goal, ensuring that Kotoko claimed all three points and solidified their position at fourth place on the league table, with one more game remaining in the season.
This defeat marked the seventh loss in Accra Lions' recent nine matches, putting them in a precarious position as they head into the final day of the season, desperately needing a win against Bibiani Gold Stars to avoid relegation.
The first half of the game provided an enthralling spectacle, with both teams showcasing exciting one-touch football. However, it was Kotoko who created the majority of the scoring opportunities.
Kotoko's winger, Enock Morrison, had an excellent chance to give his team the lead in the early stages of the game but missed his effort from close range.
Halfway through the first half, Kotoko deservedly took the lead when a superb delivery from Boadu found Georges Mfegue unmarked in the penalty box. Mfegue's header struck the crossbar, but Sarfo Taylor was quick to capitalize on the rebound, securing the crucial goal.
Accra Lions encountered difficulties in the attacking third, with their chances going astray as they struggled to test Kotoko goalkeeper Moise Pouaty.
The second half of the game witnessed intensified action, as Accra Lions pressed forward in search of an equalizer.
The home side exhibited composure in the final third during the second half, but Kotoko goalkeeper Pouaty made some remarkable saves to deny their opponents.
Despite the late surge of pressure from Accra Lions, they were unable to find the equalizer, allowing Kotoko to hold on and secure all three points at the conclusion of the match.