NWFL Premiership Week 10 Wrap: Edo Queens, Nasarawa Amazons, Royal Queens spank foes; FC Robo conquer Rivers Angels as Bayelsa Queens, Osun Babes pick valuable draws

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Impressive Edo Queens FC thrashed Naija Ratels 3-0 at the Old Parade Ground Spots Complex, Abuja to maintain their unbeaten start to the 2021-22 Nigeria Women Football League NWFL Premiership.

After forcing Edo Queens to 2-2 draw in the first leg at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City in December last year the Group A league leaders came to Abuja with a mission and it was no surprise their enterprising attacker, Yemisi Samuel hit the ground running by getting the curtain raiser with her 7th minute strike after a pass from Adaobi Okah for the team’s earliest goal in the premiership this season.

In the 13th minute, the Sleeky forward Yemisi Samuel was on target again after getting a good pass from Suliat Abideen.

The host team did everything they could to see if they could pull a goal back, but fantastic Edo Queens goalkeeper Nkiruka Obidinma and her wall of defence led by the duo of Sunday Blessing and Akudo Ogbonna were there to thwart efforts of the home team to reduce the goals arrears.

The onslaught continued as Samuel Yemisi’s crisp precise pass to Chioma Olise fetched the third goal in the dying moments of the game to leave Naija Ratels with just a point from their last two games.

With this victory, Edo Queens solidified their place at the top of the Group A table with 20 points from eight games with six wins and two draws whole Naija Ratels are now in the fourth spot with 12 points from nine games.

In the other Group A tie played at the Lafia Township Stadium, Nasarawa Amazons mauled Pelican Stars 3-0 to hold on to the second position with 18 points and to also extend the gap between them and nearest rivals, Confluence Queens (third) to five points.

Josephine Mathias got the Lafia side opener in the 18th minute before Dooshima Tarnum and Chimebere Opara added two more in the second half in the 53rd and 56th minutes. It was Nasarawa Amazons’ sixth win of the season from eight games as they brighten their chances of picking of the Super 6 tickets with the emphatic win.

The defeat suffered by Pelican Stars ensured they remain at the bottom of Group A with just four points from nine games.

The third game in the group between Confluence Queens and Osun Babes played Thursday morning ended goalless at the Confluence Stadium, Lokoja. Technical issues forced its postponement from Wednesday to Thursday morning.

With the draw, Confluence Queens dislodged Naija Ratels to move to the third spot with 13 points from nine games. Naija Ratels are now in the fourth position with a point below the Confluence Queens but Osun Babes are still in the sixth spot with eight points after their second draw of the season.

In Group B Bayelsa Queens pulled off a sensational 2-2 draw at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba against the home team, Delta Queens. The game had ended in a draw when the initial leg was played at Nembe but the Restoration Ladies came to Asaba gun blazing in their quest to record a positive result.

Bayelsa Queens led twice in the tie but Delta Queens fought back on both occasions to have a share of the spoils.

Etim Edidiong put the Yenagoa based side ahead in the 43rd minute but Mercy Omokwo who joined Delta Queens during the mid season transfer from Confluence Queens equalized in the 48th minute. Cameroonian import Touta Evanick put the visitors ahead again in the 54th minute but the home team again fought back gamely and leveled through Sarah Nnodim with four minutes to the end of the game.

Despite the draw, Bayelsa Queens dropped a place to the third position on the table with 15 points from eight games while Delta Queens slipped to the fourth with 14 points from nine matches.

At the Otunba Dipo Dina Stadium, Ijebu Ode, FC Robo Queens pipped Group B leaders, Rivers Angels 2-1 to storm to the second spot with 16 points from nine games.

After a goalless first half, the Lagos Landladies scored the opener in the 57th minute through Gift Monday who was on secondment to Rivers Angels last year for the CAF Women’s Champions League held in Morocco. The same Monday doubled her team’s lead in the 62nd minute before Oghenebrume Ikhekua reduced the tally for the Jewels of Rivers in the 85th minute.

Rivers Angels remain at the top of Group B with 19 points from nine games but their seeming unassailable lead has now been cut to just three points.

In the last Group B tie decided in Warri, Royal Queens secured their second win of the season after they whitewashed Abia Angels 3-0 to move two places up to the fifth spot with seven points from eight games while their defeated opponents slipped to the sixth spot with seven points from nine games.

Eunice Godwin shot the Warri based side ahead in the sixth minute before Tosin Ogundeko’s brace sealed a big win in the 28th and 76th minutes.

NWFL Premiership 2022| Week 10 | FULL-TIME RESULTS & GOALSCORERS

|Royal Queens 3-0 Abia Angels

Eunice Godwin 6′, Tosin Ogundeko (2) 28′, 76′

|Nasarawa Amazons 3-0 Pelican Stars

Josephine Mathias 18′, Dooshima Tarnum 53′, Chimebere Opara 56′

|FC Robo Queens 2-1 Rivers Angels

Gift Monday (2) 57′, 62’|
Oghenebrume Ikhekua 85′

|Delta Queens 2-2 Bayelsa Queens

Mercy Omokwo 48′, Sarah Nnodim 86’|
Etim Edidiong 43′, Touta Evanick 54′

|Naija Ratels 0-3 Edo Queens

Yemisi Samuel 7′, 13′, Chioma Olise 78′

|Confluence Queens 0-0 Osun Babes

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