Goals from Evelyn Nwabuoku, Precious Christopher and Maryann Ezenagu ensured Rivers Angels record a third straight win at the Betsy Obaseki Women’s Football Tournament in Benin City.
The Jewel of Rivers had to come from behind twice in the exhilarating contest en route to a 3-2 win over FC Robo Queens, thereby progressing into Saturday’s semifinal.
Robo went in front when Folasade Ijamilusi planted home a header from a freekick delivery in the 3rd minute but in the 29th minute, a Rivers Angels freekick delivery by Ezenagu from outside the box was handled by one of the opposing defenders and a penalty was awarded to the Port Harcourt side which Nwabuoku converted with aplomb for 1-1.
The Emmanuel Osahon led Robo Queens went in front again in the 55th minute through former Rivers Angels player, Opeyemi Ajakaye who scored from close range.
In the 60th minute, Angels coach Edwin Okon sent on Precious Christopher for Ifeoma Ikenokwalu and in less than a minute of her introduction, Christopher slotted home the equalizer for Rivers Angels after a good work from the right by
In the 63rd minute, Christopher’s shot which was parried by goalkeeper Fatimah Uloko fell into the path of Ezenagu who made no mistake in finding the bottom corner and securing the win for The Jewel Of Rivers.
Head Coach of the Port Harcourt side, Okon said after the win that Thursday’s game against FC Robo was a good test for his side.
“It’s a very good test for me and the players due to the challenge we have ahead of us. Besides, we don’t go into any game with the mindset of losing to anyone,” he said.
On the introduction of Christopher, Okon said:
“We were studying proceedings from the players all through the first half and I was passing some instructions to the players as well. Technically we read the game and saw what we needed to do in the second half.
“After adequate studying, we made a substitution that changed the entire game and Precious proved to be a super sub with her impact and you can see how it ended, good players also come from the bench,” added Okon.
Rivers Angels finished top of Group B with 9 points from three matches and will face hosts Edo Queens in Saturday’s semifinals.