Tuesday, May 14, 2013

How Dolphins lost at Warri Wolves

A 97th minute goal from Lazarus Chukwu gave Warri Wolves three points against Dolphins at the Warri City Stadium on Sunday but Dolphins felt hard done by the referee at the end of the game.

Dolphins were not happy because the 4th official’s board showed five minutes and players confronted the referee at the end of the game.

Dolphins’ manager, Stanley Eguma said they played for more than the time the 4th official signaled as added time in the 2nd half, with the goal coming in the 7th minute of added time when the official showed there would be five added minutes.

However, in added time, Dolphins goalkeeper, Austin Brown fell injured and had to be treated on the pitch while another Dolphins player, Emeka Atuloma also fell injured in added time.

Dolphins also made a substitution in added time of the game.

In the 25th minute, Dolphins felt they were denied a penalty and expulsion of Warri Wolves central defender, Bright Akpojuvwewo.

In the face of a challenge from Dolphins striker, Fred Okwara, Bright handled the ball in the box, the lost it and with Okwara bearing in on goal, he hacked him down from behind but the referee allowed play to go on.

In the 32nd minute, Efebo Oghenekaro headed home as the ball rebounded from the cross bar but Dolphins equalized in the 83rd minute through Chigozie Ihunda who connected a low cross from Emem Eduok.

At the end of the game, players of Dolphins gathered around the referee probably angry with the fact that the game lasted longer than normal and this action angered some fans of Warri Wolves who rushed into the pitch leading to an altercation between fans and players of Dolphins.

In the rowdiness of the moment, none of the coaches or players were available to speak on the game.

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