Mfon Udoh to the rescue, again

Good morning Fellas, 

We built on our ABS draw by overpowering Rivers United at the U J Esuene on Sunday. We had to dig deep to fetch the winner and until the breakthrough actually came, it looked like Shooting Stars all over again. Ibrahim Mustapha however continued his love relationship with Mfon Udoh. Setting up the striker who was promptly bundled over by one of the stooges in red. 

It was same lineup from the Illorin game except the two predictable changes- Dauda for Safe hands Theo in goal and Ikouwem for Akas at Left Back. Gata paired Mustapha in attack with Mfon and Osadiaye for company. Kelly Kester and Ibenegbu marroned the midfield while Dare Ojo, Samson Gbadebo and Isiaka Oladuntoye all three in defence completed the lineup.

As always, we set off like a house on fire creating chances and blowing them off as well. I think Ibenegbu was at his creative best and he had a chance to hand us the lead early that half but his strike flew over. The visitors themselves fresh from their very recent travails did threaten through Lukman Mohammed and Guy Kuieman but a combo of poor finishing and good defending kept their Twitter handle hushed. 

As the half finished goalless and the second started in similar fashion- our boys kept at bay, the jilters started springing. Nzube came close for them four minutes after the restart but Oladuntoye earned his wages for the day. Straightway at the other end Osadiaye’s strike fails to beat Rotimi. Praying to get the opener is one thing, but falling behind to this opponent would make a bad situation get even worse. 

Three minutes past the hour mark, Mfon Udoh earned us a spot kick. Exchanging passes with Mustapha, the skipper was felled in the United area and the referee awarded the spot kick. I doubt he has missed a spot kick for us and this was no exception. Mfon Udoh stepped up and hammered into the roof of the net. Goal number 7 for him, 5 less than Odey and 16 short of his NPFL goalscoring records. 

With over 25 minutes still to play, you know the tie was far from over. Nzube seemed like he was all about inflicting that defeat and causing pain to some of us who sang his name the past couple of years. Thankfully, it wasn’t his day, nor was it for his new brothers. We held on and ensured the win.  Afelokhai even had to pull an unbelievable save to preserve our lead. 

We move up the table to 7th. Could have been 6th but for Kano Pillars implosion in Umuahia. But that’s no issue right now. If we can pick two away wins on a bounce, we would top the standings. It’s still early days but we must keep our good form going on. 

Back tomorrow. 


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