By Segun Giwa
In the big bowl match at Dipo Dina Stadium in Ijebu-Ode, Sunshine Queens made their intentions known early in the game by putting pressure on their opponents’ defense.
Five minutes into the game, the pressure from Akure-based Queens paid off with forward Sunday Abigail scoring on a cross from Aminat Yakubu to put them in the lead.
Bayelsa Queens forwards Anjor Mary and Charity Reuben began to trouble the Sunshine Queens defense in search of the equalizer which finally came in the 31st minute.
It came through Charity Reuben who effectively used Zainab Olopade’s pass.
In the second half, there were no clearly defined scoring chances as both teams were too cautious not to concede.
Sunshine Queens coach Wemimo Mathew later said his players were able to control the game and did a fantastic job in the meeting.
Mathew said the team’s goal was to win the tournament, which she said started on a high note.
“I think they did well. We were able to control the game and I think a 1-1 draw is still acceptable at the moment and we will take the game one after the other, ”she said.
In addition, Sunshine Queens skipper Goodness Onyebuchi said the result was not bad.
“When you play against a Bayelsa Queens side with some of the best players in the league on their side, you shouldn’t expect anything better,” she said.
Bayelsa Queens head coach Moses Aduku said his team conceded the goal due to a loss of focus from his left-back.
Aduku, who said it wasn’t a bad game, added that it was only the first game and his daughters didn’t get on time.
“We will go back to the drawing board and improve our performance,” he said.
Vivian Ikechuckwu scored the first goal for Rivers Angels in the 46th minute, while Monday Gift equalized in the 87th minute for FC Robo to make a 1-1.
The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that the tournament will continue on Tuesday with three matches involving the six participating clubs. (NOPE)
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