Oly crushed at home

Tema Youth’s John Paintsil scored a hat-trick when Accra Great Olympics’ four-match unbeaten run went crushing on Saturday as the Tema lads handed them a shocking 4-0 defeat in their week 18 Ghana Premier League (GPL) match at the Accra Sports Stadium.
On the back of two wins and two draws, the high-flying Olympics side was tipped to continue their good run but that dream ended a nightmare as Coach Tom Strand suffered his first loss since taking over.
Tema Youth deserve credit for all four goals but Olympics have themselves to blame with the poor defensive display and  unacceptable misses on the part of their goalkeeper, Harold Quayefio.
Starting with four defenders and six midfielders and all three strikers benched, Olympics controlled the initial exchanges and pinned Tema Youth to their side of the field with goalkeeper, David Soku pulling magnificent saves from the long drives by Emmanuel Amartey.
With no striker to penetrate the Youth defense, Olympics were left to try from distances which the Youth goalie dealt with constantly.
Constantly, Oly raided the Tema Youth area with right back Adom Ampofo given the responsibility to join the attack to deliver crosses.
It proved to be a good tactic when on the attack but exposed the hosts as Tema Youth countered through that space to hurt the host.
Tema Youth broke free from one of the Oly attack break-ups when they found a yawning gap in midfield where they centerd Paintsil who run past the out of position central defenders before shooting a feeble one which surprisingly found its way through the hands and legs of the Oly goalkeeper before rolling slowly into the goal post.
Four minutes later, Tema Youth doubled the lead through Paintsil but Joseph Larweh took all the credit for the intelligence build up.
With all the players in Tema Youth’s half, a long volley from the Youth goalie landed in the Oly territory with two Tema Youth players clearly in offside position for which reason the Oly defenders stood to watch the ball to go to touch for a throw.
But Larweh sped from the back to trap the ball to lay one to Paintsil who curled a beautiful one beyond the reach of Quayefio for a stunner.
On the 40th minute mark, Tema Youth countered again to score the third from the foot of defender Theophilus Ogoe.
With the fans of the home team up in arms and shouting at the technical team, Oly took a big gamble on resumption of the second half, replacing two defenders and a midfielder, Malik Tahiru, Adom Ampofo and Aminu Alhassan with three strikers but it was Tema Youth that took advantage of the defensive breakdown to net the fourth goal which Quayefio again failed to save.

By Andrew Nortey

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