ANGELS IN FLYING START TO LEAGUE

By Queen John

An inspired Mabel Effiom’s performance handed Rivers Angels a 4-0 win against new comers, Capital City Doves of Abuja in a Nigeria Women Premier League Week 1 rescheduled game at the Liberation Stadium, Port Harcourt.

Rivers Angels dominated the midfield and attacked early in the game with the inspired Effiom troubling the visitors with her darting runs and crosses from the left flank.

The former Ibom Angels full back, was playing in place of Ngozi Ebere who is on duty with the national team and made sure Ebere's absence was not felt in the game.

The Port Harcourt based side opened scores on 19 minutes when newly-signed striker from Finland, Ijeoma Obi rammed home a fantastic bicycle kick which left Oluwaseun Sanusi, in goal for Doves with no chance at all.

Two minutes later, the double champions increased the tally and this time around it was last season NWPL highest goal scorer, Amarachi Ojinma opening her account for the season.

The former Pelican stars forward got a just reward for her efforts after her shot was previously blocked by Sanusi taking advantage of a defensive error by the Abuja side to poke home.

Two soon became three in the 32nd minute as the hosts compounded their visitors' woes. A perfectly weighed cross from Mercy Amanze found centre back Ihuoma Onyebuchi who teed up Ijeoma Obi to bury it past Sanusi.

Capital City Doves, lacking a cutting edge, outmuscled in the midfield and could not find their way through the Rivers Angels defense on countless occasions.

With ten minutes into the second half, the referee disallowed a goal scored by Grace Henry who pounced on a spilled ball from Sanusi. She was adjudged to be in an offside position.

The home side however continued the game without any protest but so much attention was on the coach of Capital City Doves, Ngozi Ezeh who on three different intervals called on her players to the sidelines after they conceded a goal from Rivers Angels side.

In the 75th minute however, Rivers Angels got icing on their well baked cake with a free kick from 25 yards from Ulunma Jerome who connected the newly introduced Ijeoma Emenike. Emenike did brilliantly to find a relentless Mercy Amanze who headed into the net.

It wrapped up an efficient yet comfortable display for the Champions who were yet to kick a ball this term after they walked over Pelicans Stars in Calabar last weekend.

Angels coach delighted

Assistant coach of Rivers Angels, Whyte Ogbonda expressed his delight after the match but admitted they were missing their key players who are on national duty.

“We are missing the players in the national camp and if they were here we would have scored up to 10 goals.

“The standard of the game would have been higher than this but I’m happy because we wanted 3 points and at the end of the day they were able to get it.

“I’m happy they played to instruction and there is room for improvement,” said Ogbonda.

Coach of Capital City Doves, Ngozi Ezeh admitted she was not disappointed with the result.

“The girls tried their best. We just got into the league and we were not supposed to be in the league but I still believe these girls will still do wonders. I am not disappointed for what my girls played because its not easy to face the champions,” Ezeh said.

“I have to inject new players and encourage the little ones that can meet up the league when next they come for the return leg in Abuja you will hear a different result,” Ezeh concluded.

OSUN BABES SET TO DIM BAYELSA QUEENS

Meanwhile, high riding Bayelsa Queens of Yenegoa will this weekend meet their match in Ede when they face a victory thirsty Osun Babes of Osogbo.

The two teams who are yet to lose a match in the three weeks old league, would give the spectators much to cheer about.

The Osun Poly Ede pitch which was in a bad shape when the home team played their first match of the season, would surely wear a new look if the promises of the management of the Osun babes is anything to go by.

Coach of Bayelsa Queens, Rollanson Odeh, would have to deploy all his wealth of experience in this match if he hopes to leave the stadium with his head held high.

Elsewhere in Oleh, Delta Queens would compound the problems of FC Robo in the League.

The Dan Evuemena girls would want to take the revenge of their last week loss to Ibom Angels on the Robo girls. Confluence Queens will travel to Yola to tackle the Adamawa Queens, while Ibom Angels would welcome Martins White Doves in Uyo.

In Group B, It would be a game of two new comers at the Agege Township Stadium where City of David (COD) United Ladies will welcome Capital City Doves of Abuja.

Both teams have promised to give soccer crazy Lagosians much to cheer. Rivers Angels would host Nasarawa Amazons in Port Harcourt, while Edo Queens would play Taraba Queens.

The Star match of the group would be in Akure where Sunshine Queens and their guest Pelican Stars would do battle

FIXTURES
GROUP A

Delta Queens Vs FC Robo
Adamawa Queens Vs Confluence Queens
Osun Babes VS Bayelsa Queens
Ibom Angels Vs Martins White Doves

GROUP B

COD Ladies United Vs Capital City Doves
Sunshine Queens Vs Pelican Stars
Rivers Angels Vs Nasarawa Amazons
Edo Queens Vs Taraba Queens



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