NWPL Matchday 3 Wrap: Big guns win big

Bayelsa Queens were the biggest winners on Wednesday as it rained goals on Matchday 3 of the 2016/17 Nigeria Women Premier League season.
Tessy Biahwo found the net twice to ensure that the Yenegoa based Queens ripped their visitors Abia Angels apart by four goals to nothing in the early kick-off at the Nembe City Stadium. While irresistible headers also got Yetunde Adeboyejo and captain, Joy Bokiri on the score sheet for the 2nd and 4th goals of the match, helping coach Tarila Okorowanta’s side set the pace on a day that witnessed 24 goals spread nicely across seven match centres.
In Port Harcourt, a second half revival saw defending champions Rivers Angels pounce on a resolute FC Robo Queens of Lagos 3-0 to climb to the top of Group A – from fourth – with four points and a superior goal difference.
Before pre-match team photos were taken, Angels’ new recruit, Rafiat Sule was handed her Futbal Galore award for emerging Highest goal scorer (with nine goals) in the league last season while she was with Bayelsa Queens. Sule is however yet to open her account in this current season.
She was one of the culprits who faltered on Wednesday as Edwin Okon’s seemingly frustrated Angels endured a goalless first period in which they failed to get even a shot on target. Mercy Amanze who replaced Sule seven minutes into the second half would go on to have a hand in the first goal scored by Cynthia Aku in the 67th minute.
The hosts doubled their lead seven minutes later from the spot through Chinaza Uchendu,  and soon after Aku completed her brace with a delightful chip over an on-rushing Damilola Amole in goal for FC Robo.
Elsewhere at the Federal Polytechnic pitch in Nekede, debutantes Heartland Queens surprisingly claimed a 3-1 victory over Sunshine Queens of Akure.
Goals from Eunice Ajuwa (28′), Oluchi Onah (48′) and Maduerosi Chinenye (72′) already did the damage before Ijeoma Obi tried to initiate a comeback with a consolation for Sunshine Queens in the 74th minute.
Ibom Angels who were on standby are now the only side left without a win in Group A.
It continued to rain goals in Group B as well with Confluence Queens seeing off Osun Babes 3-0 in Lokoja.
All three goals came in the first half through Tobiloba Olarenwaju (29′), Oyatelema Tina (38′) and former COD United Ladies star, Paulinus Ifeoma (43′). Osun Babes could not mutter any response.
In the same vein,  Edo Queens had no say in Lafia where Nasarawa Amazons enjoyed a 2-0 win.
A penalty dispatched by Anam Imo put the hosts in front on the 38th minute then Igboamalu Chinyere grabbed the second five minutes into the second half.
Meanwhile fans held their breath while it looked like newcomers Sa’adatu Amazons had an upset up their sleeves.
Away at Kwale, Delta State, they got the opener in the 42nd minute through Charity Orlu and held on for 16 minutes before Delta Queens levelled proceedings through Oluwaseun Fakunle.
And just when it seemed like they had succeeded in snatching a point away from home,  Emueje pounced in the last minute of a six-minute extra time to deliver all three points to the hosts.
Meanwhile Adamawa Queens accounted for Pelican Stars 3-2 in Fofure in spite of the visitors’ fightback from two goals down at half time.
Below is the current league standings after Matchday 3

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