By Ubong Bassey
BAYELSA QUEENS Vs. COD LADIES
Bayelsa Queens hosted Lagos based, City of David (COD) Ladies at Ughelli stadium on match day one as they enjoyed a high flying start to the new season. The Coach Rollanson Odeh led Queens had the opening goal in the 12th minute through Olaiya Barakat. COD ladies were good with ball possession but were awful upfront.
On the 25th minute, Bayelsa Queens forward, Osas Igbinovia, who single-handedly demoralized the COD defense with her electrifying pace and passes scored a sitter. Slowly, COD ladies got their groove on and had a firm grip on the tempo of the game. The visitors had a shot on target but Bayelsa Queens Alaba palmed the ball away for a corner kick.
The second half was drab as the rain caused the pitch to be water-logged and this hampered players’ movement and ball control. COD ladies finally got a goal at the 54th minute through Mama and Bayelsa Queens coach, Rollanson could not hide his disgust by the sideline as he yelled at his defenders letting in a cheap goal.
Bayelsa Queens had the first substitution of the game with Edeji coming in for Barakat in the 58th minute. Edeji’s quick feet and ball control upfront was a problem for COD ladies and she was rewarded in the 78th minute with a goal from close range shot.
It turned out a one-sided game in the second half as Bayelsa Queens outclassed the COD United ladies team
FT: Bayelsa Queens (Olaiya Barakat 12′, Osas Igbinovia 25′, Edeji 78′) 3 – 1 COD Ladies(Mama 54′)
OSUN BABES Vs. PELICAN STARS
A brace from midfielder Esther Anthony ensured Osun Babes got the better of Pelican Stars of Calabar at the Osogbo township stadium.
Pelican Stars, who are known to have lifted the NWPL trophy more than any other club in the country, were drab on the day despite enjoying a good percentage of ball possession and dominating the midfield.
Osun Babes’ Esther Anthony scored a well executed free kick in the 55th minute and followed it up with a second goal in the 73rd minute.
FT: Osun Babes(Esther Anthony 55′, 78′) 2 – 0 Pelican Stars
NASARAWA AMAZONS Vs. ABIA ANGELS
Three goals from Maryam Ibrahim, Annam Imo and Joke Ejalonibu were more than enough for Nasarawa Amazons to pip NWPL new comers, Abia Angels at the Aper Aku stadium in Markurdi.
FT: Nasarawa Amazons (Maryam Ibrahim, Annam Imo, Joke Ejalonibu) 3 – 0 Abia Angels
FC ROBO Vs. DELTA QUEENS
Resilient FC Robo held their own even as luck also did shine on them in a 2-2 draw against their in-form visitors Delta Queens.
FC Robo were better composed with the ball but wasteful upfront. However Delta Queens opened scoring in the 39th minute with a goal from Oluwaseun Fakunle. This was nevertheless short-lived as the hosts leveled proceedings at the nick of half time through Okeke Chidinma.
Ogebe Alice of Delta Queens stunned the hosts with a 65th minute goal from a defensive blunder but Robo were equalized again with a late strike by Folajimi Alaba to share the spoils with the visitors.
FT: FC Robo (Okeke Chidinma 45′, Folajimi Alaba 90′) 2 : 0 Delta Queens (Oluwaseun Fakunle 39′, Ogebe Alice 65′)
EDO QUEENS Vs TOKAS QUEENS
Edo Queens were runaway winners over NWPL newcomers, Tokas Queens at the Gateway Stadium. It was a David Vs. Goliath tale as the Lagos based Tokas were struggling all through the game with very few attempts on goal.
The game ended with a solitary goal from Edo Queens player Vivian Uwandi. It was her very first goal professionally for the Benin based team.
This win lifted Edo Queens to fourth position in group A that have likes of Nasarawa Amazons, Ibom Angels, Pelican Stars, Osun Babes and Bayelsa Queens.
FT: Edo Queens(Vivian Uwandi) 1 : 0 Tokas Queens
CAPITAL CITY DOVES Vs. FC TARABA QUEENS
Woman of the match, FC Taraba Queens, goalkeeper Happiness Dauda was heaped praises for her superb world class saves for almost the two halves as her team lost by a lone goal from a much better Capital City Doves in Area 3 ground in FCT, Abuja.
Blessing Onoriode scored on the 90th minute as helpless FC Taraba goalie, Dauda was finally beaten by a long range shot from 25 yards.
FT: Capital City Doves (Blessing Onoriode 90′) 1 – 0 FC Taraba Queens
SUNSHINE QUEENS Vs. CONFLUENCE QUEENS
These two heavy weights were tearing at each other in the opening match-day week 1 of the NWPL as they both shared the spoils after 90 minutes at the Akure Township Stadium.
Goals from Sunshine Queens player, Goodness Ihuoma in the 49th minute and Confluence Queens defender, Kemi Famuditi from the penalty spot in the 78th minute was just enough to end the big match in a stalemate.
Federation Cup winners, Sunshine Queens gave a good account of themselves as they made lots of offensive plays only to be quelled by the dogged defense of the visitors for the greater part of the second half.
Team Manager, Tosin Ojo was happy with the draw, saying that it was not an easy feat going away to Akure to pick a point. Confluence Queens will play FC Robo in Lagos State at the FIFA Goal project at the National Stadium on 4th of June. 2016.
FT: Sunshine Queens (Goodness Ihuoma 49′) 1 – 1 Confluence Queens (Kemi Famuditi 78′)
MARTINS WHYTE DOVES Vs. RIVERS ANGELS
It was a white-wash, as defending NWPL champions, Rivers Angels ousted hosts, Martin Whyte Doves 1-4 at the Samuel Ogemudia stadium at Benin City.
Martins Whyte Doves goalie, Obia was beaten squarely by a blinder shot in the 6th minute from Rivers Angels and Super Falcons defender, Osinachi Ohale.
Rivers Angels player, Mercy Amanze was like a house of fire as she was pivotal to the offensive plays with team mate, Glory Iroka. Mercy made an assist through a perfectly executed cross in the 18th minute goal for Amarachi Ojinma to compound the woes of the hosts.
Martins Whyte Doves feasted on a defensive blunder from Rivers Angels player, Ohale through Afodia John to score the opening goal for hosts in the 27th minute.
Rivers Angels winger, Mercy Amaze was finally rewarded in the 44th minute to increase the scoreline to three (3) goals for the visitors.
Substitute Amaechi Ojini wrapped up things as she pounced on a rebound shot which was spilled away from Martins Whyte Doves goalie, Obia Christiana in the 90th minute.
FT: Martin Whyte Doves (Afodia John 27′) 1 – 4 Rivers Angels (Osinachi Ohale 6′, Amarachi Ojinma 18′, Mercy Amanze 44′, Amaechi Ojini 90′)
NWPL TOP GOAL SCORERS AFTER MATCH DAY WEEK 1 RESULTS
Esther Anthony (Osun Babes) – 2 goals
Oluwaseun Fakunle (Delta Queens) – 1 Goal
Alice Ogebe (Delta Queens) – 1 Goal
Osinachi Ohale (Rivers Angels) – 1 Goal
Amarachi Ojinma (Rivers Angels) – 1 Goal
Mercy Amanze (Rivers Angels) – 1 Goal
Amaechi Ojini (Rivers Angels) – 1 Goal
Afodia John (Martin White Doves) – 1 Goal
Barakat Olaiya (Bayelsa Queens) – 1 Goal
Chidinma Edeji (Bayelsa Queens) – 1 Goal
Osarenoma Igbinovia (Bayelsa Queens) – 1 Goal
Blessing Onoriode (Capital City Doves) – 1 Goal
Chidinma Okeke (FC Robo) – 1 Goal
Folajomi Olabiyi (FC Robo) – 1 Goal
Maryam Ibrahim (Nasarawa Amazons) – 1 Goal
Annam Imo (Nasarawa Amazons) – 1 Goal
Joke Ejalonibi (Nasarawa Amazons) – 1 Goal
Kemi Famuditi (Confluence Queens) – 1 Goal
Goodness Ihuoma (Sunshine Queens) – 1 Goal
Vivian Uwandi (Edo Queens) – 1 Goal
NIGERIA WOMEN PREMIER LEAGUE(NWPL) – WEEK TWO FIXTURES
Edo Queens Vs Osun Babes (29/05/16)
Abia Angels Vs Tokas Queens (29/05/16)
Ibom Angels Vs Nasarawa Amazons (28/05/16)
Pelican Stars Vs Bayelsa Queens (28/05/16)
Confluence Queens Vs Adamawa Queens (28/05/16)
Rivers Angels Vs Sunshine Queens (28/05/16)
FC Taraba Queens Vs Martins White Doves (28/05/16)
Delta Queens Vs Capital City Doves (28/05/16)