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31.12.2007 League Report

T. Youth Hold Hearts

Ekow Benson scored a classic goal to save newly appointed coach of Tema Youth, Isaac 'Opeele' Boateng, from a near loss in the club's 1-1 drawn match against Accra Hearts of Oak in their seventh week Onetouch Premier game at the Ohene Djan Stadium.

Hearts benefitted from a 37th minute penalty struck powerfully by Francis Bossman which goalkeeper Ernest Sowah failed to make a first-time grab of.

Tema Youth fought back almost immedately, but lacked the potency upfront as lone striker, Wilson Andoh, could hardly make any headway in the last quarter of the pitch.

After Hearts had failed to make use of their first half dominance, Tema Youth punished them with a second half resurgence, with 10 men as referee Reginarld Lathbridge engaged in some controversial decisions.

He sent off Emmauel Nuhey of Tema Youth but not without drama. Unknown to the referee, he had already shown Nuhey two yellow cards, but still kept him in the game until angry fans began to yell at him. Even after the initial promptings, he still needed to consult his assistants, Mary Adama-Lamptey and Ato Mends, before he could take the decision.

Ironically, the red card rather galvanised the Tema boys who swang into full force and deservedly fetched the equaliser from Benson's pille-driver.

He completed a well-worked move when he blasted from close range into the roof of the net in the 75th minute with goalkeeper Saani Mohammed having no answer to it.

Minutes later, Saani was on hand to save Hearts from imminent defeat when, on two occasions he rose to parry Edward Afum and Edward Kpodo's goal-bound shots.

Story by Daniel Kenu

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