Blay’s goal powers Medeama over Hearts

Medeama SC returned to winning ways yesterday as a Justice Blay 50th minute goal handed Accra Hearts of Oak their second successive defeat in the Ghana Premier League (GPL).

It was the second consecutive time Blay had stun the Phobians in such painful manner.

The last time he appeared in a Kotoko shirt against Hearts in Accra, Blay out-jumped his markers to head home the only goal of the game.

And when Hearts had hoped to recover from a painful loss against their city rivals Olympics, Blay put them in a more difficult position, suffering the second defeat on the row to endanger Kosta Papic’s league ambitions.

Medeama had similar ambitions after losing to Karela United on Sunday and made a few changes to the team.

In that regard, Coach Samuel Boadu effected a few changes that saw goalkeeper Eric Ofori Antwi returning into the post and Eric Kwakwa being introduced to partner Justice Blay and Rashid Nortey in the midfield battle.

Papic was not also left out of the changes, preferring to hand goalkeeper Richard Attah, Sumaila Larry Ibrahim and Kojo Obeng Jnr places in the lineup.

Despite the changes, the first half was closely contested by the two sides with the best chance coming the way of Abass Mohammed of Medeama but he failed to find the back of the net.

Five minutes into the second half, Blay stunned Hearts with the opener to send their fans into wild jubilations.

Medeama broke into the Hearts area from free-kick from which a long-searching ball found winger Agyenim Boateng who controlled beautifully and laid an inch-perfect one for Blay to tap home.

BY TIMES SPORTS REPORTER

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