Tema Youth recorded a 2-1 victory over Hearts of Oak on match day seven of the 2017 Ghana Premier League at the Tema Park on Wednesday to hand the Phobians their second defeat in the league..
Gabriel Leveh put the Tema based side in a 1-0 lead in the first half but Thomas Abbey leveled for the away side in the second half, before Fatau Yusif restored the lead for Tema Youth.
Tema Youth made their intentions clear from the start by scoring just three minutes into the game, Hearts of Oak pushed forward as they created many goal scoring opportunities but failed to get the equaliser.
The harbour boys should have increased their lead but saw their many opportunities go waste.
Goal scorer Leveh came close to getting a brace but his shot went wide.
On 36 minutes Vincent Atingah brought out the best in Stephen Kwaku – the diminutive shot stopper fisted out Atingah’s direct free-kick.
The away side seized control of the midfield and they dominated the home side but getting the ball behind Tema Youth’s back four was problematic for Frank Nuttall’s side.
With five minutes to half time, Tema Youth relied on counter-attack and they were awarded a free-kick on the edge of Hearts of Oak’s penalty box, but Joseph Paintsil shot wide.
Two minutes from the recess, Hearts of Oak caught Tema Youth cold and they grabbed the equalizer through Thomas Abbey.
The Phobians pushed forward for the second goal but Cosmos Dauda let his team down as he failed to get past the home side’s defense.
Tema Youth then regrouped, and began to dictate the pace of the game, Inusah Musah at the heart of Hearts of Oak defense curtailed the surging runs of the home side’s attackers.
The home side kept the pressure and on 74th minute Fatau Yusif restored Tema Youth’s lead after Ben Mensah failed to handle Joseph Painstil’s shot on the edge of the box.
Tema Youth after taking the lead for the second time put a lot of bodies behind the ball and the Phobians pelted them with series of attacks.
Despite late pressure from the away side, the home side stood to the test to defend their lead.