BENIN CITY, October 9, 2017 – Rivers Angels’ league title defense has been dealt a blow at the Nigeria Women Premier League Super Four championship in Benin after they suffered a 2-0 defeat in the hands of South South rivals Delta Queens.
First half goals from Adebisi Saheed and Rosemary Okezie sealed the massive victory for Clifford Chukwuma’s side at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium.
This was after Nasarawa Amazons had beaten Bayelsa Queens 1-0 in the first match of the day.
Defending champions Rivers Angels got the first shot at goal on six minutes but Chinaza Uchendu’s effort was poor.
Rafiat Sule’s bullet volley a minute after still caused little trouble for Rita Akarekor who remained solid in goal for Delta Queens.
Rosemary Okezie then miscued a chance to put Delta Queens in front following Adebisi Saheed’s cross, before Akarekor was again called to duty by Rivers Angels’ Cecilia Nku and Amarachi Ojinma.
The first goal of the match finally came in superb fashion courtesy of Delta Queens’ attacking midfielder Adebisi Saheed.
The former FC Robo Queens player poked the ball through the crowded box and into Tochukwu Oluehi’s goal after Joy Jegede’s freekick was not properly cleared.
In search of a quick response, Rafiat Sule won a free kick for Rivers Angels. Three players stood behind the ball but Akarekor would not be perturbed as she firmly collects Ifeoma Ikenokwalu’s powerful effort.
Not long after, Akarekor also denied Mercy Amanze.
However, Delta Queens had the final say of the first half after a quick counter attack initiated by Saheed. She did a one-two with Ezenagu Maryann, before sending a delightful cross the way of an onrushing Rosemary Okezie who volleyed the ball beyond a helpless Oluehi and into the top corner.
At the second half restart, Rivers Angels amped their desperate hunt for goals while Delta Queens looked to hit on the counter.
End to end action continued as Delta goalkeeper thwarted every effort by Rivers.
The closest the Jewel of Rivers came to scoring was when she spilled Glory Iroka’s shot but recovered it in time before it could stroll into the back of the net.
After day one of the NWPL Super 4, Delta Queens and Nasarawa Amazons are level on points (3), but the Queens edge the Amazons on goal difference.
Meanwhile the teams that emerged from group A in the regular season; Bayelsa Queens and Rivers Angels are without any point.