Monday, August 18, 2014

A hat-trick, the goal brothers, a derby

Source: Shengolpixs
Matches in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) over the weekend did not just take a pedestrian route as it is often believed in some quarters.
The hype prior to the match was the Abia Derby between new boys, Abia Warriors and the country's most successful club in terms of major titles won, Enyimba.

The Abia Derby, which some prefer to call 'AbiaClasico,' lived up to its pre-match hype by producing not just six goals but end-to-end stuff and individual battles all over the turf at the Umuahia Township Stadium.

The opening 16 minutes produced one goal apiece and both from the spot. Chima Uluocha scored for Abia Warriors and Mfon Udoh levelled things for Enyimba.

Ifeanyi Onyeali and Chisom Chikatara also known as The Kolanut Boy netted for Abia Warriors while the duo of Ugwu Uwadiegwu and Rasheed Olabiyi got Enyimba's second and third goals respectively to make it 3-3.

As the Abia Derby thrilled thousands, if not millions of fans, at the stadium and as television audience on SuperSport 7 and Select, Peter Ebimobowei was also hogging the headlines simultaneously by scoring a first professional career hat-trick.

Ebimobowei's hat-trick helped Bayelsa United to a 3-0 win over Kaduna United and it also meant the Restoration Boys climbed out of the bottom-four.

The striker scored his three goals in the space of an hour between the 29th minute and 89th minute of the match, and is now joint leading scorer with Osaguona Ighodaro of Enugu Rangers. Both men are tied on 13 goals apiece.

However, the match day 24 high-point in the Glo Premier League would be incomplete without the mention of the Daniel brothers, Tunde and Daniel (pictured above).

The Daniel brothers, despite being bereaved coupled with their club's financial woes, braved the odds to score the goals that put life back into Crown FC's race for survival in the top flight.

They defeated Sharks 2-0 in Ibadan, and it was the first-ever win by Crown FC against the Blue Angels in the NPFL after losing three previous head-to-head meetings.

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