Two quick goals from Ansu Kofi Patrick in the 2nd and 11th minute, with a third from the club’s deputy captain, Kwesi Donsu on the 45th-minute mark was enough for Coach Umar Rabi’s boys to return to winning ways and to keep their top 4 dream finish in the Ghana Premier League alive at the Nduom Sports Complex in Elmina.
Coach Umar made three changes to his squad that faced Asante Kotoko on the matchday 31 in which Medeama SC lost at home by 2-0, replacing goalkeeper John Moosie, defender Vincent Atinga, who was not part of the traveling team, and former Elmina Sharks striker, Ato Mensah Justice with Kamil Anaba, Yaro Ibrahim and inform Godfred Kwadwo Asamoah respectively in a 4–3-3 system.
Ansu Patrick put the Mauve and Yellows in front just two minutes into the game with an assist from Kwesi Donsu and added his personal second and the second of the afternoon nine minutes later for his 6th GPL goal of the season. High flying Medeama SC would not take their feet off the peddle but press hard on unsettled and devasted Sharks to find what would have been Ansu Kofi Patrick’s third and first hattrick in the Yellow and Mauve colors on the 33rd minute but was flag offside to keep the scores still a 2-0 in favour of the visitors.
The “We Never Give Up” men from Tarkwa kept the heat on until Kwesi Donsu’s long-range drive added the third legitimate goal of the afternoon 45 minutes into the game with a pass from Jean Vital Origi to keep the three maximum points at stake out of the reach of Elmina Sharks.
Sharks began the second half of the game strongly and purposefully to get a consolation in the 11 minutes after recess through Francis Oteng but were not enough to turn the cards on Medeama who had the afternoon under control, keeping possession and playing some delightsome football to turn the Ndoum Stadium Mauve and Yellow.
It was time for academics and trying of cards on the bench for Coach Umar who decided to introduce Agyei Boakye and Ebenezer Ackhabi into the game to replace young sensation Prosper Owusu Boakye and Darlington Gyanfosu Appiah in the 68th minute but that would not change the scoreline, which stood at 3 -1 in favour of the Tarkwa giants, with skipper Kwesi Donsu winning the Most Valuable Player of the match.
This win becomes Medeama’s biggest win of the season, a double over Sharks and a statement of intent on not finishing below the top 4. Medeama remains 3rd ranked on the league log with the same accumulate points, 53 with second-placed Bechem United who have a better head-to-head over us.
Medeama plays host to Accra Lions next at the Akoon Community Park in Tarkwa.