Two goals in the 13th and 76th minutes from striker Jonathan Sowah and defender, Vincent Atinga respectively secures maximum points for Medeama Sporting Club at the Baba Yara Stadium against the Kotoko.
Medeama fashioned in a 4-4-2 formation in the under floodlight matchday 23 clash of the Betpawa Premier League with Felix Kyei, skipeer, Vincent Atinga, Nurudeen Abdulai, Fatawu Hamidu and Moro Mukhtar in defense,
Vital, Manuel Mantey, Fordjour and Anobah completed the middle with Agyemang and Sowah in attack.
The match anticipated super clash kicked off on a high not with Kotoko doing much of the possession, as Medeama eyes a more direct approach to unlock Kotoko midfield and defense.
Medeama got the breakthrough in the the 13th minute as Jonathan Sowah, who was sandwiched between the Kotoko center pair capitalized on a cross from the right to gift Medeama the match needed first goal of the night.
The goal unsettled Kotoko, giving Medeama the match needed confidence to dictate the tempo of the game even when Kotoko grew to launch themselves back in the game but all efforts proved abortive in the entire 45 plus additional three minutes of the first half.
The second half took of with a much more heat as Kotoko were hell bent on equalizing and possibly win the night but the “We never give up” boys remained resolute at a departments with top notch defending and Felix Kyei pulling near-goal saves.
Coach Adotey and his entourage brought on Prosper Boakye and Frank Boateng, who was handed his seasonal debut on for Vital, who was on a yellow card and Anobah respectively.
Kwesi Donsu also came on for injured Joshua Agyemang. Both side side continued to sell quality end to end football action with a lot of “oh” “ah” moments the spectators in response of the chances wasted. The biggest of chances falling the way of Prosper Owusu, opted against going for the solo kill.
Medeama got a break away with speedster Derrick Fordjour running and dazzling and eventually brought in Kotoko’s 18yard box to hand Medeama a penalty call from Referee Misbao, which was beautifully slotted home by Vincent Atinga in the 76th minute to keep his penalty record still at 100% conversion rate since joining Medeama.
Coach Adotey shut up shop by bringing on two center backs, Kofi Asmah and Baba Musah Abdulai in the final stages of the game for Fatawu Hamidu and Manuel Mantey.
Kotoko kept the heat with most chances going their way in the last 5 minutes and the 8 extra minutes but Medeama kept focus to turn Baba Yara a cemetery.
Striker, Jonah Sowah was adjudged the Most Valuable Player of the night; his second in succession.
The three points send Medeama into the top 4 with 37 points and will host Bibiani GoldStars next Wednesday at the Akoon Community Park.