By Victor Aiyenikaju
As the sun sets on another captivating weekend in the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) Premiership, football enthusiasts were treated to a spectacle of goals, rivalries, and unforeseen outcomes on Wednesday.
From the South-South derby in Yenagoa to the South-West clash in Lagos, the NWFL Premiership Matchday Four showcased its diversity and competitiveness as teams clashed in a series of intense battles.
Join us as we delve into the highlights and drama of these thrilling encounters that unfolded across various stadia, leaving fans on the edge of their seats.
Owerri Stalemate: Heartland Queens 0-0 Confluence Queens
In Owerri, the Dan Anyiam Stadium bore witness to a defensive battle as Heartland Queens and Confluence Queens settled for a goalless draw. Both undefeated teams showcased resilience, and the deadlock left fans eagerly anticipating future clashes between these formidable contenders.
Sapele Showdown: Royal Queens 1-1 Naija Ratels
In Sapele, Royal Queens and Naija Ratels engaged in a spirited duel that saw the net bulge at both ends. Eyitemi Omagbemi’s early own goal set the tone for an enthralling contest. However, the resilient Royal Queens rallied back, with Osas Enoma finding the net at the 55th minute, securing a hard-fought 1-1 draw. The match showcased the determination of both sides to claim points in this evenly contested battle.
Benin City Brilliance: Edo Queens 3-1 Ekiti Queens
The football fervor continued in Benin City as Edo Queens displayed a dazzling performance against Ekiti Queens at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium. Glory Osaghae emerged as the day’s star, netting a spectacular hat-trick (44′, 49′, 82′), leaving the opposition in awe. Regina Omede’s late response for Ekiti Queens was not enough to quell Edo’s dominance, resulting in a commanding 3-1 victory for the home team.
Yenagoa Spectacle : Bayelsa Queens 1-0 Delta Queens
The Samson Siasia Stadium witnessed a clash of titans as the 2022 champions, Bayelsa Queens, squared off against reigning champions Delta Queens in Yenagoa. In a closely contested match, Chinyere Igboamalu’s 78th-minute strike proved crucial, securing a vital first-leg win for Bayelsa Queens over their counterparts. The stadium echoed with cheers as the home team celebrated a hard-fought victory.
Port Harcourt Resurgence: Rivers Angels 3-0 Sunshine Queens
Rivers Angels, the Jewel of Rivers, returned to winning ways with a resounding 3-0 victory over Sunshine Queens in Port Harcourt. Olamide Adugbe’s double at the 53rd and 90+4th minutes, coupled with Okpe Blessing’s goal in the 60th minute, showcased Rivers Angels’ dominance. The team rebounded strongly after a disappointing result against Delta Queens the previous week.
Gombe Glory: Adamawa Queens 1-0 Dannaz Ladies
In Gombe, Adamawa Queens celebrated a historic moment as they secured their first win of the season against Dannaz Ladies at the Pantami Stadium. Mary Moses’ early goal in the 11th minute proved decisive, marking a significant achievement for the Yola-based team. The victory ignited joy and optimism among the players and fans alike.
Lafia Standstill: Nasarawa Amazons 0-0 Abia Angels
At the Lafia Township Stadium, Nasarawa Amazons and Abia Angels engaged in a battle that ended in a goalless draw. Both teams showcased resilience, and despite their efforts, neither could break the deadlock. The match highlighted the defensive prowess of both sides as they shared the spoils.
Lagos Drama Unfolds: Robo Queens 2-1 Remo Stars Ladies
Lagos witnessed a pulsating encounter as Robo Queens faced off against Remo Stars Ladies at the Mobolaji Johnson Stadium. Esther Ajakaye opened the scoring at the 50th minute, followed by Folashade Ijamilusi’s goal at the 53rd minute. Adaobi Okah’s 81st-minute strike added late drama, but Robo Queens held on for a thrilling 2-1 victory.