Bofoakwa Tano claimed the bragging rights over their bitterest rivals Brong Ahafo United after nicking a 1-0 victory in a ceremonial game at the Coronation Park in Sunyani on Sunday afternoon.
Attacker Ousman Mustapha netted the solitary goal of the game in the 30th minute in a clash Bofo expressed dominance.
The two Zone One clubs had met twice during the league season with United winning and drawing the reverse fixture.
The 10,000 capacity park was filled to brim with Kotoko’s Saddick Adams watching from the stands.
Bofo piled early pressure and came close twice the quarter mark.
United occasionally gnawed their arsenal in attacking threat but Bofo’s big man in defence Nuhu Mohammed knew just how to apply the brakes on Emmanuel Osei – their marks man.
United’s number 8 deliriously did a Zidane roulette in midfield to set up Baah who set up Osei. The attacker tried an ambitious drive from 30 yards which was stopped by Anthony Asamoah- the keeper.
The Apostles CEO Mustapha Riga – a former Dutch youth international and ex-Levante star who earned his name in the La Liga restlessly patrolled the lines as Emmanuel Boadu skirted a corner in.
None of the two sides could claim dominance after the half hour mark but it was United who gradually took the game to the opposition third.
But the Green and Whites took the lead against the run of play. Seth Amoateng ghosted into the area applied a deft touch to Ousman Mustapha who beat Rafik Seidu in the United goal with a superb world beater.
United piled pressure but couldn’t level before the half petered out.
Nuhu Sulley caused problems for the United defence and sent the Apostles number 29 into the referee’s book.
Both coaches rang changes after the interval and Bofo came close twice.
Bofo provided great artistry in midfield with Amoateng and Ousman in the mix.
Seth Amoateng volleyed a powerful drive which scaled just wide.
United’s Osei flashed a ferocious drive inches away from the near post in the 73rd minute.
Bofo mounted late pressure and created a host of chances but couldn’t add to their lead before the game narrowly in their favour.
By El Akyereko