By Biola Omowanle
Three goals from Rasheedat Ajibade and one in each half from Gift Monday gave Lagos-based FC Robo Queens a convincing 5-0 NWFL 2016/2017 season final matchday victory over Heartland Queens at the Legacy Pitch of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
It was domination right from kick off for FC Robo Queens as Rasheedat Ajibade surged forward, forcing Heartland Queens goalkeeper, Mercy Babatunde to make an early save. It did not take much longer before Ajibade pierced through the Heartland Queens defense to open scoring in the 5th minute,putting the home side ahead.
There was nothing much Heartland Queens could do when Gift Monday’s brilliant cross from the right flank found Ajibade who got her second goal of the game in the 11th minute, doubling FC Robo Queens’ lead. Heartland Queens were further tortured when Gift Monday easily scored her first goal of the match from Mabokanje’s free kick in the 26th minute. 7 minutes later, Ajibade completed her hat trick, rising above the Heartland Queens defenders to head in a fourth goal for FC Robo Queens.
Down by four goals, Heartland Queens made a substitution before the break, bringing Ebere Okechukwu on for Onah Oluchi. However, nothing much changed at half time.
The second half started with another substitution by the visiting team as Onyinyechi Kalu came on for Prudent Ugoh. The introduction definitely changed the game as Kalu made a quick run to give Heartland Queens their first major chance. Kalu’s run was however cut short by the FC Robo Queens defense.
Again, Heartland Queens came close to pulling one back from Kalu’s free kick but FC Robo goalkeeper, Adegbite stretched, pushing the ball over the crossbar.
It was a balanced game until Gift Monday who had been kept quiet for most of the second half, cut through the Heartland Queens defense to slot another goal in, sealing it for FC Robo in the 76th minute, ending the season with a convincing win.
Heartland Queens Coach, Eucharia Uche admitted that the home side played better and deserved the win. “Heartland Queens are competing in the top flight for the first time and have been struggling without motivation from the state government. I believe if the girls get all the motivation they need, they will become a team to beat.”
“For the past ten years, we keep seeing the same teams playing in the Super 4. The smaller teams need to be encouraged to challenge the big teams.” Eucharia Uche added.
FC Robo Queens Coach, Emmanuel Orobosa commented on his team’s season and not making the Super 4.”The players lost concentration in the second stanza of the season due to their youthfulness. But I know they will do better next season.”
FC Robo Queens ended the season sitting 5th place, while Heartland Queens finish rock bottom of Group A.