Two second half goals from Juliet Sunday and Patience Oluwatobi was all Sunshine Queens needed to inflict a 2-0 win over Rivers Angels in a Match Day 13 game of the Nigeria Women Football League at the Akure Township Stadium on Wednesday.
The Jewel of Rivers will have themselves to blame after they came close to going in front in the 5th minute through Rafiat Sule but she couldn’t control a cross from Patience Kalu inside the box as goalkeeper Obot Monica rushed to save.
In the 14th minute, Angels got a free kick from 25 yards. Ulunma Jerome stepped up to take the shot which forced Obot to tip over for a corner which was eventually defended well by the home side.
The Port Harcourt side then got the best chance of the game just before the break from a counter as Amarachi Ojinma had beaten the goalkeeper only to lose control of the ball and misfired.
After failing to utilise their chances in the first half, the hosts got theirs in the 56th minute as Juliet Sunday sent home a free header from a corner kick delivery.
Oluwatobi then doubled the lead from close range in the 87th minute leaving goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi helpless.
After the game, Chief Coach of the defending Champions, Regina Akaraonye attributed her side’s loss to rued chances.
“We actually lost our chances in the first half, if we had scored the chances we had we could have been 3 goals up,” she stated.
“Sunshine only got two chances in the second half which they utilized.
“I can’t say my girls didn’t do well, they played well but they made some defensive mistakes which they couldn’t rectify and Sunshine got the win,” added Akaraonye.
The Rivers Angels Chief Coach also commended the officials of Wednesday’s game despite the loss.
“This is actually the best officiating I’ve ever seen since we’ve been coming to Akure,” she said.
“I must commend the match officials for giving both teams a level playing ground,” Akaraonye summed up.
On her part, Head Coach of Sunshine Queens, Mathew Wemimo praised the effort of her girls.
“My girls did very well today, they gave their best and we had to carry the day,” said Wemimo.
“Endurance worked for us in today’s game as we saw that the Rivers Angels side was getting tired in the second half so they couldn’t withstand my girls and it gave us the desired victory,” added the gaffer.
Wednesday’s loss is the second for Rivers Angels in this season’s campaign and will see them drop to 2nd on the league table.