NWFL Reviews: Royal Queens end Rivers Angels’ unbeaten home record

Royal Queens pulled off the biggest shock victory of the season following a 3-1 win over Rivers Angels to end the champions three years unbeaten home record.

The surprise triumph in Port Harcourt was one of the shocking results recorded in the NWFL Premiership Matchday 11, which produced three away victories.

In Gombe, top-flight debutants Naija Ratels put in a magnificent display at the Abubakar Pantanmi Stadium, Gombe to condemn Adamawa Queens to 3-2 defeat.

Coming off from a heavy 3-0 defeat at home to Edo Queens in Abuja, Bankole Olowookeere’s side conceded an early goal in the sixth minute through  experienced forward Ijeoma Obi.

In a superb response, Ratels Defender Anani Oluwaseun scored her first goal of the season in the 43rd minute, to level up for the visitor.

New entrant Agama Ziperekefhege gave Ratels the lead in the 58th minute and Aminat Folorunsho who was just coming back to the squad after some time off scored the visitor’s third in the 85th minute. With time ticking off, Eunice Ezeani put one up for the Fintiri Ladies’ in injury time to end the game at 2-3 in favour of Naija Ratels. The win moves Ratels to third with 15 points and two points clear of Confluence Queens, while Adamawa remain sixth with nine points.

Elsewhere in Porthacourt, title holders Rivers Angels suffered a shocking 3-1 defeat to Royal Queens. Tosin Ogundeko scored her second brace of the season, with the opening goal in the ninth minute. Maryann Ezenagu responded with the equaliser in the 25th minute for Rivers.

After the break, Rosemary Adesina restored the lead in the 25th minute to the shock of the home fans before Ogundeko grabbed her second and third for the visitors in the 67th minute to seal the shock result. Despite losing at home for the first time in three years, Rivers Angels still remains on top of the log of Group B with 19 points, while Royal climbed to fifth with 10 points.

In Ile-ogbo, Osun Babes recorded an important win at home, with a 1-0 victory over Nasarawa Amazons. The Omoluabi Queens’ gave the visitors plenty to think about, and eventually made it count in the 33rd minute through a goal scored by Maryann Ohadiwe. The win revives Osun’s Super Six hopes, with 11 points in fifth – four behind Ratels, while Nasarawa are second with 18 points.

On the same day, Bayelsa Queens earned a hard-fought 2-0 victory over visiting FC Robo Queens at the Samson Siasia Stadium in Yenagoa. Etim Edidoing scored in either halves as her brace was enough to ensure Bayelsa close gap on leaders Rivers Angels. After the win, Bayelsa are second with 18 points, while Robo are fourth with 16 points.

In Akure, Sunshine Queens suffered yet another defeat in front of their home fans as they bowed 3-1 to Delta Queens.

A brace from Chinansa Agoh and a goal from Effiong Ekpeyong helped the Asaba outfit subdued the hosts despite Aluba Ogba’s late consolation goal. The Betty Babes have now lost three games at home this season and are rooted bottom in Group B with just four points, while triumphant Delta are third with 17 points.

In the late kickoff match, Edo Queens silenced Confluence Queens at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City. Former Sunshine Queens midfielder Abideen Suliat struck in the 24th and 42nd minute to help the home side see off visitors. The victory moved Edo five points clear with 23 at the top of Group A, while Confluence dropped to fourth with 13 points from 10 games.


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