Tema Youth kick-start season with big win over Chelsea

It is early days yet, but not out of place to say that Tema Youth has produced their best performance of the season. When an outsider, a newcomer (after four years) begin their league campaign with a winning mentality, it is a clear indication that they mean business.

Tema Youth impressed on its return to the Ghana Premier League, beating Berekum Chelsea 2-1 on Sunday at the Tema Stadium.

After a cagey start, Tema Youth switched play several occasions under 20 minutes, and it paid dividends as Theophilus Ogoe opened the scoring in the 28th minute, before Joseph Painstil doubled their lead in the 38th minute. Evans Obeng pulled one back for Chelsea after the break in the 60th minute to make it 2-1, ending the match in favour of the Habour Boys.

Tema Youth marked its first league start in almost five years with a big win at home against the Blues. The last time the two sides met in the Premier League was in 2013, where Chelsea won 2-1. Their previous matches 2009 to 2012 has ended in two wins for each side.

The opening exchanges were scrappy as both teams struggled to find any rhythm. Hard tackles from both sides and few chances created in the opening 20 minutes. It wasn’t until the game was 28 minutes old when Ogoe broke the deadlock.

Just as Berekum Chelsea were settling into the game, Tema Youth made it 2-0 in the 38th minute through Joseph Painstil.

Berekum Chelsea came strong in the second half, produced incisive moves and made the game more comfortable. They had found their rhythm and it paid off when Evans Obeng pulled one back for them in the 60th minute.

Chelsea pressed and pressed in search for at least a leveller, but Tema Youth eventually held on for a vital win.

By Prince Dulzy

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