Two goals from mercurial winger Darlington Gyanfosu Appiah and evergreen defender, Vincent Atingah Adae for the Mauve and Yellows were enough to stage a comeback at the Akoon Community Park in the matchday 33 fixture of the Ghana Premier League against high-flying Accra Lions whose first goal of the afternoon in the 28th minutes through Abdul Rashid got the people of Tarkwa thinking.
Medeama got our breakthrough in the 33rd minute when Darlington Gyanfosu utilized a defense-splitting pass from left-back Benjamin Abaidoo to slot home with his left foot to bring the game even following a number of wasted opportunities with Ansu Kofi Patrick as the worst culprit.
The first half would not end with a scary moment when captain Kwesi Donsu visited the turf in a request for medical attention 40 minutes into the game but could not continue and had his place taken by Agyei Boakye; after which Donsu was carried in an ambulance to a nearby hospital for further medical care.
Referee Samedji brought the first half to an end after 3 additional minutes with the scores remaining at 1-1.
Accra Lions had the game under control, doing most of the possession but with little threat on Medeama who were rather playing direct football in a quest to find their second goal and the match-winner.
Coach Umar made changes to his squad in the 69th minute, bringing on Theophilus Anoba and substantive captain, Joseph Tetteh Zutah for Darlington and Jean Vital to be able to hold on to play and increase their creativity which was almost left only on the shoulders of Godfred Kwadwo Asamoah.
The introduction of Anoba and Zutah increased the intensity of play by Medeama and was rewarded with a penalty following a foul on Anobah, which was expertly slotted home by Vincent Atingah in the 78th minute. Atingah’s goal makes it his 7th penalty kick and 7th goal of the season for Medeama SC, making him the club’s top scorer of the season, one ahead of striker Ansu Kofi Patrick.
Coach Rabi visited his cards to further reshuffle his team by taking off Kwadwo Asamoah and Ansu Patrick and introducing Ebenezer Ackhabi and Justice Ato Mensah to improve the potency of his side but that could not have any effect on the scoreline; not even the last five minutes pressure from the visitors would result in another goal before the final whistle.
The 2-1 victory at home and the Bechem United’s defeat to Obuasi AshantiGold means Medeama is now 2nd on the GPL table with 56 points, three points ahead of third-placed Bechem United, and will need at least a point from our last game away to Dreams FC at the Theatre of Dreams in Dawu to end a season 2nd for the first time in the club’s history.