Flying Officers Cup: Naija Ratels, Nasarawa Amazons through to semi-final; Edo Queens secure first win as Bayelsa Queens are held

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NAIJA RATELS 2-0 ROYAL QUEENS

Naija Ratels made it two victories out of two games after two second-half goals settled their tie with Royal Queens at Guards Brigade Stadium, Asokoro, Abuja on Wednesday.

Royal Queens battled Naija Ratels to a standstill in the first half but they ran out of steam in the second half. Ratels got the curtain-raiser from the penalty spot in the 64th minute through Doosur Atume who grabbed her second goal of the Flying Officers Cup 2020. Royal Queens were yet to recover from the goal they conceded when Grace Obi struck in the 69th minute for second goal of the tourney as well.

Naija Ratels are through to the semi final despite with a game at hand against Edo Queens while Royal Queens must hope for a miracle to qualify. They must beat Kaduna Queens emphatically in the last group game while also hoping that Naija Ratels beat the defending champions.

KADUNA QUEENS 0-3 EDO QUEENS

Kaduna Queens have been eliminated from the Flying Officers Cup 2020 after they were thrashed 3-0 by the tournament reigning champions, Edo Queens on Wednesday at the Guards Brigade Stadium, Asokoro, Abuja.

Glory Osaghae opened the floodgate of goals in the 16th minute before Elizabeth Zirike doubled their advantage in the 25th minute. Edo Queens scored the third goal in the 51st minute through Super Falcons’ Osas Igbinovia.

Edo Queens are lifted to second in Group A with four points from two games and at least a draw should be sufficient to take them to the semi-final when they trade tackles with Naija Ratels. Kaduna Queens on their part have shipped in eight goals from two games and will face Royal Queens with nothing to lose.

CONFLUENCE QUEENS 2-2 BAYELSA QUEENS

Confluence Queens are on the brink of elimination from the Flying Officers Cup 2020 after their failure to protect their lead against favourites, Bayelsa Queens on Wednesday at the Guards Brigade Stadium, Asokoro, Abuja.

The Confluence Queens did the playing against Nasarawa Amazons but ended up on the losing side. They needed a win against the Restoration Girls and went for it right from the blast of the referee’s whistle. They got a deserved lead in the 13th minute through Joy Omewa and held on to the slender lead throughout the first-half but Bayelsa Queens equalised in the 51st minute through Joy Jerry who profited from a good pass from Mary Anjor.

The Confluence Queens were not daunted by their opponents equaliser and it was no surprise they went ahead again in the 57th minute through Winifred Eyebhoria who expertly converted a penalty kick after Suliyat Hassan was upended in the vital area by Bayelsa Queens goalkeeper, Rita Akarekor. The Restoration Girls came back again and scored their second through Juliet Sunday in the 65th minute.

Confluence Queens are third in Group B with a point behind Bayelsa Queens (four points) and Nasarawa Queens (six points). They will face Honey Badgers in their last group match knowing that they do not have their destiny in their hands while Bayelsa Queens will slug it out with Nasarawa Amazons aware that at least a draw should be enough to see them in the last four.

NASARAWA AMAZONS 2-0 HONEY BADGERS

Nasarawa Amazons were made to work really hard before they scored twice against Honey Badgers on Wednesday in Abuja.

Honey Badgers were whitewashed 7-0 by Bayelsa Queens in their first game and purists were expecting another thrashing at the Guards Brigade Stadium, Abuja but they got the shock of their lives.

The non-league side played as if their entire lives depended on securing a positive result. They succeeded in stopping the Lafia side from scoring in the first-half but the deadlock became broken in the 67th minute through Dooshima Tarnum before Chiemebere Opara made the points safe with the second goal in the 92nd minute.

Nasarawa Amazons are on top of Group B with six points from two games. They will face Bayelsa Queens with a relaxed mind next while Confluence Queens and Honey Badgers are involved in the other duel.

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