NWPL Super Four: Delta Queens progress to final after feisty draw with Nasarawa Amazons

 

Delta Queens joined Nasarawa Amazons in the final of the Nigeria Women Premier League Super Four after both sides played out an entertaining 2-2 draw on matchday 3 of the championship on Thursday.

Kafayat Ajani and Christy Ucheibe ensured Nasarawa Amazons were 2-0 up before Joy Jegede and Jennifer Ajuyah restored parity for Delta Queens.

While Nasarawa Amazons had nothing to play for since they had already qualified for the final of the championship, Delta Queens needed to just avoid defeat to make sure of a place in the top two.

Two minutes after Delta Queens got the match underway, their captain Joy Jegede forced Nasarawa Amazons goalkeeper, Chioma Nwankwo to a save.

Clifford Chukwuma’s side had another chance to take the lead in the 16th minute but Maryann Ezenagu’s header off a Maureen Godwin cross found rest in the waiting arms of Nwankwo.

From then on, Nasarawa Amazons began to see most of the ball with Kafayat Ajani coming close to scoring in the 21st minute.

She eventually got her name on the score sheet 17 minutes later when she poked home from close range to put Nasarawa Amazons in front.

Christy Ucheibe doubled the lead on 42 minutes as the Lafia-based side continued to ask all the questions.

But it was Delta Queens’ Jegede who had the final say of the first half when she blasted home a stunning free kick that Nwankwo had no answer to.

At 2-1 the tempo of the match increased in the second half as Delta Queens craved an equalizer. Jegede had a shot at goal ten minutes into the half but Nwankwo did not let it go beyond her this time.

On the other side of the divide, Rita Akarekor who is in goal for Delta Queens had to come off her line to thwart Ucheibe’s effort.

Then came the goal in the 74th minute as Jennifer Ajuyah completed Delta Queens’ comeback With a beautiful header which bounced of the pitch and into the back of the net.

The result means Nasarawa Amazons have finished the round robin stage of the NWPL Super 4 as group leaders with 7 points while Delta Queens will settle for second place with 5 points.

Both teams are scheduled to meet again today (13 October) in the final at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium.

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