By Ubong Bassey
Following the 3-0 win of Rivers Angels FC over Abia Angels, a brace from Amarachi Ojini and Glory Iroka with a solitary strike, the NWFL Champions played a friendly match with arch-rivals, Bayelsa Queens FC in Port-Harcourt yesterday.
The Rivers Angels team was handled by Coach Regina Akaraonye who faced Coach Rolandson Odeh led Bayelsa Queens team at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium.
As expected, offensive was in full swing as Osas Igbinovia beat two Rivers Angels players with quick feet to set up Uzor whose right footed shot was saved by Rivers Angels goalie debutant, Oluehi Rivers Angels slowly got a grip on the game as the duo of Chioma Wogu and Gladys Akpan marshaled the midfield against Bayelsa Queens resilient midfielder, Yetunde who never gave up on the ball amidst their respective coaches barking out orders from the touch-line.
At half time, it was as square, goalless at the break.
On the resumption of the second half, it took just five minutes for Bayelsa Queens to break the deadlock after the skipper, Joy Bokiri shrugged off her marker, paced down to the 18 yard box of Rivers Angels team and shot at close range to slot in the first goal of the afternoon.
In dramatic circumstance, Bokiri was flagged for offside by the assistant referee as at when she went for the ball but the centre referee did not spot her assistant’s raised flag in time to change the call.. This set the home crowd agitated with the seemingly strange.
The game progressed with either side not able to capitalize on defensive errors but one went punished in the 3rd minute of added time at the end of regulation time when a bursting run by Rivers Angels defender, Ugo Njoku from the right saw her manouver into the box penalty box and was fouled by the Bayelsa Queens player. Glory Iroka stepped up to take the penalty but in awe, her left footed strike was denied by the upright after goalkeeper Ajala went to the wrong direction.
Next pre-season friendly match: Sunshine Queens FC Vs. Bayelsa Queens FC
Date: 17th February, 2016
Venue: Akure Township Stadium, Ondo State.