Asante Kotoko coach Mariano Barreto has admitted beating Inter Allies was a difficult task for his side.
The Porcupine Warriors resisted a strong challenge from a spirited Inter Allies side to claim a 3-2 victory at the Theatre of Dreams in Dawu.
Young striker Evans Adomako scored 4 minutes from the break to give Kotoko a 2-1 first-half lead after Alex Aso had cancelled out Emmanuel Gyamfi’s opener for Mariano Barreto’s men.
Allies drew level through Nigerian forward Andy Okpe in the 64th minute but young defender Andrew Apau sunk the hearts of Allies with a 70th minute goal.
Allies could have levelled in the dying embers with Nigerian forward Okpe and Richmond Lamptey missing key chances especially a free kick that missed narrowly.
Barreto admits beating the relegation-bound side was a difficult task for his boys.
“It wasn’t exciting. It was a very tough match. We knew the way Inter Allies play by using their tall players and putting in the long ball. Unfortunately we don’t have tall players but we needed to find a solution and we solved the problems,” he told Eli Kondoh in the post match interview.
Kotoko have moved on points terms with rivals Hearts of Oak at the summit of the table.
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