Bayelsa Queens got their 2022 Nigeria Women’s Football League Premiership Super Six off to a flying start with a 2-1 win over defending champions Rivers Angels as Delta Queens played out a 0-0 draw with Edo Queens in the opening day matches on Monday.
The matchday one opener saw the Restoration girls getting a revenge to gain early lead in the title race over the Pride of Rivers, who thrashed them 4-0 in the last edition of the competition to emerge champions as the Nigeria Women’s Football League thrilled fans with Matchday One action.
BAYELSA 2-1 RIVERS ANGELS
In the highly anticipated opener, FC Robo Queens loanee Monday Gift left it late to grab all three points against perennial rivals and defending Champions Rivers Angels at the University of Benin pitch.
Rivers Angels had made the brightest of start into the encounter but failed to profit from their numerous chances and found themselves behind when Joy Bokiri from a goalmouth scramble in the 33rd minute.
After the break, the fightback mounted for Rivers Angels and it took left full back Rafiat Imuran’s well placed free-kick, from about 40 yards to level matters in the 76th minute for the champions.
Despite increase pouring attack through Maryann Ezeanagu, Chiamaka Okwuchuku and Brume Ikhekua, Edwin Okon’s side couldn’t find a breakthrough past Bayelsa Queens defence.
On the brink of full time, Monday took advantage of a counter attack to beat Rivers Angels defence and fired beyond Ghanaian Goalkeeper Adjei Charlotte to give Bayelsa a late matchwinner at the death.
DELTA QUEENS 0-0 EDO QUEENS
An interesting encounter at the waterlogged Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium saw five-time champions Delta Queens and Edo Queens played out a goalless draw amidst heavy downpour in Benin City.
The Deltans started the contest on the high as Agoh Chinansa came close but was stopped by defender Oladipupo Shukurat in the early stages. However, the hosts got back on track and almost find the back of the net through Yemisi Samuel and Chioma Olise but they could not make the best of it before the break.
After a long delay, Edo Queens made a solid start to the second half but their best chance came through former Nigeria U17 striker Samuel, who fired a shot from 30 yards, but went awkwardly wide.
However, substitute Mercy Omokwo regained the dominance for Delta Queens as she tried a long range shot but goalkeeper Nkiruka Obidinma did well enough to deny the visitors in the 79th minute as both teams eventually settled for a share of the spoils.
NASARAWA AMAZONS VS NAIJA RATELS
The second match of the day ended dramatically even before it started following Naija Ratels’ refusal to play over an administrative disagreement on shirt sponsorship rights at the University of Benin pitch.
The unfortunate development had forced the walk over formality against the Abuja based side at the benefit of their fellow northern Nasarawa Amazons after they were given more than 30 minutes of delay.
However, SavidNews reliably gathered the match will be replayed following the resolution of the matter thanks to the interventions of top football authorities and government functionaries, including NFF Vice President Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi and Edo State Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu on Monday evening.