Rivers Angels lost to Bayelsa Queens 0-1 in a preseason match on Friday at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt.
It was a keenly contested game between the two South-South rivals as they both battled for supremacy in the game.
Bayelsa Queens attacking midfielder, Osas Igbinovia was impressive for her side controlling play from the midfield but Angels rued some misses from 2014 Nigeria Women Football League top scorer, Amarachi Ojinma.
The deadlock was broken 5 minutes into the second interval when Bayelsa Queens midfielder, Joy Bokiri capitalized on a poor communication between Tochi Oluehi who was in goal for the NWFL Champions and Osinachi Ohale after the center referee failed to honour the offside flag raised by his assistant.
Coach Edwin Okon made six changes in the game but they could not get the equalizer.
On countless occasions, new Rivers Angels recruit, Tochi Oluehi was called to duty but the former Sunshine Queens Goalkeeper proved her qualities in goal.
In the last minute of the game, the visitors conceded a penalty following a foul on Ugo Njoku who was brought down inside the box.
Glory Iroka stepped up to take the penalty kick which hit the cross bar and no one was quick to pounce on the rebound.
After the game, Rivers Angels coach, Edwin Okon was disappointed with his team’s performance.
“The performance of my girls today is very poor and I admit we lost to a better side. Thank God it’s a preseason match. We made several changes in the game to see who can fit in when the league starts, Okon said.”
Bayelsa Queens coach, Rolandson Odeh was rather impressed with how his side played against the NWFL Champions but says he needs to recruit more players before the league commences.
“I told the Rivers Angels technical crew led by Edwin Okon that they have possessed almost all the national team players in the country. I am still looking for players in the transfer market. But I like trying my might with Rivers Angels because they are the best in the country but you have to forget the score line. The match has pointed out some lapses in my team and I have a lot to work on especially my midfield. Although, I have a good offensive midfielder (Osas Igbinovia), but I have to get a backup in case of injury or national team invitation, Odeh said.”
You will recall that last season preseason game in Port Harcourt between Rivers Angels and Bayelsa Queens ended 1-2 in favour of the visitors.