Uzoamaka Igwe and Lucky Odiri scored in each half as Nigeria Women Premier League Champions beat Rivers Angels 2-0 to win the NWFL Champions Shield on a wet day at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex, Yenagoa.
It was a disappointing afternoon for Edwin Okon and his girls who appeared more likely to be the first team to score in the game, as they played better in the first half, but failed to convert most of their chances. However, left full back Uzoamaka Igwe scored in the 43rd minutes via a well taken freekick to give the ‘Restoration Girls’ the lead before the break.
Yetunde Adeboyejo and Vivian Ikechukwu had their chances to salvage something for the ‘Jewel of Rivers’ early in the second half but were denied by Rabi Ihiabe and the experienced Osas Igbinovia at the back line of Bayelsa Queens in quick succession.
Celine Ottah uncharacteristically curled wide from 18 yards after Anjor Mary’s cutback found her in space in the area in the 73rd minute as Tessy Obiahwo’s floated ball to the back post found the former Ibom Angels midfielder and stooped to head the second of the day beyond the despairing dive of Charity John.
But the best was yet to come, Adebisi Saheed cut in off the right and unleashed an unstoppable drive cross which was punched away by Charity John, who made another save from the rebound before Joy Odiri scored from a close range to make it 2-0 for the league Champions.
Bayelsa Queens became the second team to win the Nigeria Women Football League Champions Shield after Rivers Angels did last year in Lagos beating Nasarawa Amazons and will travel down to Akure on Wednesday to face Sunshine Queens in the Premier League, while Rivers Angels will be on their way to Osogbo to face Osun Babes.
EDWIN OKON: ” We played a good match against a wonderful opponent. I thought we had a lot of chances to score in the first 40minutes but failed to convert until they scored three minute later. We need to put the match aside and focus on the league.”
MOSES ADUKU: ” Fantastic game of football we played here. A special victory as we won in style in front of our home fans. Rivers Angels played better in the first half and at a point I thought we would concede first. Great organization from the league body and I am proud of the players, so proud of them.”