C.O.D United Amazons’ quest for a super-4 qualification was made more difficult after they lost by 1-0 to Edo Queens on Saturday. The Amazons had the better opportunities and repeatedly came close to breaking the deadlock until the hosts delivered a late sucker-punch. Aweda felt she had opened the scoring in the 28th minute when she guided home a cross from Joseph but it was ruled off for offside. Edo Queens scored from close range late in the game to deliver a blow to our hopes.
Coach Eucharia made just one change to the line-up that defeated Tokas Queens away last weekend. Rafiat Aweda was restored to the starting line-up in place of Bella Obioma who was suspended for the match while Ogoma Joseph was drafted to the left-back position. The opening 10 minutes was characterised by the hosts seeing more of the ball, but the Amazons having the better chances to open the scoring. Edo Queens almost seized on to a poor back pass from Ibadin but Yese was quick enough to dart off her line and smother the ball. Their effort from close range was also blasted way over. However, we got more into the game and began to create chances especially on the left where Joseph was finding joy overlapping down the flanks and a stinger from close range by her after some snappy build-up was blocked. She continued to advance brilliantly from her full-back position with her cross from the left glanced narrowly wide by Moka.
Aweda came closest to breaking the deadlock after she guided home a cross from Joseph but was surprised to see her goal chopped off for offside. A harsh decision it seemed from the assistant referee after the attacker appeared to run in behind before scoring. Yese was virtually untested as both teams headed into the tunnel with the score goalless.
The Amazons continued from where they left off in the second half and Maduerosi was close to getting the opener after tenaciously stealing the ball of the keeper but the opposing defender recovered well enough to head away her shot off the line.
Paulinus could not test the keeper from a free-kick as she saved comfortably. Maduerosi continued to pose countless problems for the Edo Queens backline as her header from close range was hacked off the line and she should have done better with only the keeper left to beat moments later after Moka had teed her up excellently but her effort was straight at the keeper who claimed gratefully.
However, Coach Eucharia’s side were left to regret their failure to convert, with the hosts tapping in a rebound after Yese had anticipated poorly a looping ball which then came off the crossbar. We fought to draw level but it was little too late as the hosts held on to the win. The Amazons are back for their last home game of the NWFL season against Abia Queens in the coming weekend.
Edo Queens Starting XI: Okeke Onyinye, Alimba Chioma, Kayode Bunmi, Rosemary Okoro, Chikodi Amiefole, Jennifer Smart, Princess Dim, Uche Ndefo, Ajimuda Rebecca, Umeozor Chioma, Nkoro Joy.
Subs: Ihiejika Chinedu, Emmanuel Esther, Njeze Uchenna, Okoaghoro Blessing, Ofoukwu Mary, Sikira Abidoge.
C.O.D United Amazons: Francisca Yese, Ifeoma Paulinus, Mary Ibadin, Amaka Ezor, Ogoma Joseph, Hannah Ikono, Ayowunmi Omosuyi, Sylvia Moka, Gift Monday, Rafiat Aweda, Chinenye Maduerosi.
Subs: Okoh Jennifer, Odolewhu Edward, Onah Oluchi, Omowunmi Oshobukola, Adeola Omowodun, Chidinma Uchegbu, Glory Obillama.