NWPL Matchday Four Wrap: Rivers Angels, Adamawa Queens strengthen playoffs spots

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In Group A, Rivers Angels consolidated their stronghold on the group with a 1-0 away win against troubled Osun Babes in Osogbo after the second round of the Nigeria Women Premier League kicked off at all centres on Wednesday after some weeks recess.

They scored the only goal of the game in the 45th minute of the first half through Vivian Ikechukwu and it preserved their first spot in the group with nine points from four games.

Robo Queens who were boosted by the presence of their former stars: Rasheedat Ajibade and Asisat Oshoala pipped Delta Queens 1-0 through F. Olabiyi’s goal in the 29th minute to annex the three points in the game played at the Legacy Pitch inside National Stadium. Lagos.

Robo are second in the group with seven points from four games while Delta Queens and Osun Babes are third and fourth respectively with five points and one in that order.

In Group B, Heartland Queens also had their first maximum points of the season when they sent back Dream Stars of Lagos 2-0 in a league fixture decided in Owerri.

The Owerri Amazons started the season with a home draw against Adamawa Queens but they lost their two consecutive away games to Edo Queens (2-1) and Dream Stars (4-0).

They are third in the group with four points from four games after Chinyere Njoku and Idike Jiroro goals in the 53rd and 67th minutes assured them of three crucial points.

Edo Queens have fluffed the opportunity they had to move above Adamawa Queens in the race for the season-ending Super Four after they allowed their visitors from Fulfude to escape with a share of the spoils in Benin.

Adamawa Queens remained in the driver’s seat and are unbeaten since the start of the season. They have eight points from four games.

Edo Queens are closely followed in second place with seven points from four matches.

In Group C Kaduna Queens secured their first win of the season in the first game of the second round of the Nigeria Women Premier League after they thrashed Nasarawa Amazons 2-0 at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna.

The reigning Aiteo Cup champions were no match to the Crocodile Ladies whose goals came via Oluchi Onah and Chinwe Okadike.

In spite of the home win, Kaduna Queens are still rooted to the bottom of the Nigeria Women Premier League Group C table with three points from four games.

Sunshine Queens who pipped visiting Bayelsa Queens 1-0 moved to the second position in the group with seven points from four games also. Bayelsa Queens are still dictating the pace in the group despite losing their first game of the season in Akure. They have nine points from as many matches.

In Group D, the battle for the sole ticket to the playoffs is becoming more captivating after Abia Angels failed to garner the maximum points against Confluence Queens in a game they had for the taking on Wednesday before settling for a 1-1 draw.

They scored first in the minute 38th minute through Geraldine Amadi before Confluence Queens’ Adoo Yina secured a late equaliser in the 82nd minute which became difficult for the home team to net the match-winner.

With the poor home result, Abia Angels have slid to the bottom of Group D with four points from four games while Ibom Angels who pounded Invincible Angels 2-0 in Uyo improved to the second position in the group with six points from four games also.

Ibom’s Ugonma Joseph and Damilola Koku hit bull’s eye for the home team in the 35th and 93rd minutes of the encounter.

Confluence Queens priceless away draw against Abia Angels meant they have opened a two-point gap at the top of the table with eight points from the same number of games.

The Lokoja based side are among the few clubs that are yet to be beaten in the league this season.

These midweek league matches were started with a minute silence in honour of former Super Falcons winger, Ifeanyi Chiejine who reportedly died after a brief illness.

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