DANIEL Nii Adjei struck in each half to carry his side to a 2-0 victory over Kessben FC in their second round Glo premier encounter at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi yesterday.
The offensive midfielder scored with a close header in the first half and capped a fantastic afternoon with a superb free kick goal two minutes into added time.
The home fans, satisfied with the scoreline this time ,showered praises on their often-vilified coach, Paa Kwesi Fabin.
With their biggest strength in the middle, Nii Adjei, Francis Coffie and Jordan Opoku exhibited drive and energy to outrun James Boadu, Sampson Cudjoe and Yufa Zugah in that department.
The few threats from arrowhead Bismack Idan were dealt with by the Kotoko rear who sometimes introduced steel in their play.
The first goal that brought life to the stadium came on the 43rd minute when a Michael Ofosu Appiah free kick saw Nii Adjei connecting with the head in a clustered aerial action.
At various points of the game, referee Lord Vuvor had to draw out his yellow card at Gideon Baah, Idrissu Yahaya and Francis Coffie of Kotoko, and Prince Atakora Gyimah of Kessben.
Mr Vuvor sent off Isaac Owusu for a second yellow card on the 73rd minute and a minute later Kotoko’s keeper Isaac Amoako double faulted in his area but recovered quickly to tidy the area.
Both sides effected chances but it was Kotoko who benefited as Nii Adjei flew in a spectacular free kick from about 25 yards out with keeper Mohammed Nurudeen making a fruitless attempt to salvage the ball.