Cynthia Aku scored a brace in an effective second half as Nigeria Women Premier League champions, Rivers Angels secured a 3-0 home victory against FC Robo on Wednesday.
The first half saw the both sides struggling to find their foot with Chinaza Uchendu, Cynthia Aku of and last season’s NWFL highest goal scorer, Rafiat Sule, missing chances in front of goal.
In the 32nd minute, Cynthia had just goalkeeper Amole Damilola to beat but blazed her shot wide while five minutes later Chinaza’s header from an Osinachi Ohale’s cross failed to hit the target.
Five minutes before half-time, Sule also missed a sitter as the Jewel of Rivers headed into the dressing room goalless at half-time.
It was, however, a different ball game in the second half as Sule was substituted for Mercy Amanze who was involved in Angels’s first goal as she delivered a sensational cross to Cynthia to break the deadlock in the 67th minute.
Chinaza Uchendu doubled the lead from the spot in the 74th minute after the ball was handled in the box of the FC Robo side
Cynthia Aku then dribbled her way through the FC Robo defence three minutes later and chipped the ball over onrushing Amole to register her brace and seal the victory for the Jewel of Rivers.
Technical Adviser of the defending champions, Edwin Okon during the post-match conference acknowledged that his wards had a difficult first half.
“The first half was difficult for us because of the tempo of the game,” Okon stated. “I would say we played nothing in the first 45 minutes but came out better in the second half. “Knowing of our position on the log before the game, the girls tried as much as they could to prove that they could get the job done” he added.
Rivers Angels next game will be on the road to Abia Angels on April 19.