NWPL Super Four: Nasarawa Amazons beat Bayelsa Queens in Championship opener

Chibuogwu Nnadiegbulam

BENIN CITY, October 9, 2017 – Nasarawa Amazons have claimed the first win of the Nigeria Women Premier League Super Four Championship after beating Bayelsa Queens 1-0 at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium on Monday.
A first half penalty taken by Ugochi Emenayo was all the Lafia-based side needed to grab the three points at stake.

Looking back at the regular season which ended in August, Bayelsa Queens finished as leaders in a group that also had defending champions Rivers Angels, while Nasarawa Amazons settled for second place in group B behind Delta Queens.

Both sides were meeting for the third time this year following a two-legged clash in the quarter-finals of the AITEO Cup where Bayelsa Queens edged Nasarawa Amazons on penalties after both sides enjoyed 1-0 home wins.

Players from Nasarawa Amazons (Green) and Bayelsa Queens (Blue) jostle for the ball. Photo Credit: NWFL

However, it was a different ball game as Nasarawa Amazons started the brighter of both sides and earned an early free kick which saw Josephine Mathias forcing Bayelsa Queens goalkeeper to a double save in the 9th minute.

Another freekick followed soon after for the Lafia-based side but that yielded nothing as well.  As the pendulum swung to the other end, Macleans Okogba received a brilliant pass from Blessing Onoriode but she was caught offside.

Then Yetunde Adeboyejo had a chance when Uzoamaka Igwe served up a beautiful corner kick but her lame header was easily gathered by Chioma Nwankwo who stood firmly in between the sticks for Nasarawa Amazons.

Fans at the Super Four championship opener

A counter-attacking move led to Doris Ewhubare hacking down Ejalonibu Adejoke in the Bayelsa Queens penalty area on 28 minutes before Emanayo sent Jonathan Alaba the wrong way to put Nasarawa Amazons in front.

Emenayo remained fantastic in defense for Nasarawa Amazons while the likes of Anam Imo engineered two more counter attacks which forced Alaba out of her area on both occasions.

Bayelsa Queens’ Macleans Okogba got the second half underway but she was substituted seven minutes later for Tessy Biawho. Bayelsa Queens’ coach, Ayebatonye Amabebe ended up exhausting his substitutions but to no avail.

Meanwhile Christopher Danjuma’s Nasarawa Amazons held on for the win.

Nasarawa Amazons will play Rivers Angels on Tuesday October 10, while Bayelsa Queens tackle Delta Queens.

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