Maduerosi scored a brace for the second consecutive away game as the C.O.D United Amazons snapped out of a temporal setback in midweek to defeat Tokas Queens by two goals to nil at the Gateway International Stadium.
An early strike by the in-form attacker set the Amazons on their way and even though they had to play large parts of the game with 10-men’ after Bella Obioma was shown a straight red card in the 25th minute, an equally sublime finish in the closing stages by the same player helped dowsed the tension as we claimed maximum points, further renewing our hopes of super-4 qualification. Coach Eucharia Uche maintained about the same line-up that started the rescheduled midweek game against Nasarawa Amazons at home with Ogoma Joseph the only introduction as Rofiat Aweda made the team from the bench.
It took just two minutes for us to register our first attempt on target- a left-footed strike on the edge of the box by Monday Gift which was a straight forward catch for the Tokas goalie. However, nine minutes away from that attempt, Maduerosi had opened the scoring. It was all about the positioning from the young striker as she peeled off her marker to get on to a sweet pass from Ikono, checked into her left foot and slotted past the keeper’s left.
An early goal was what Coach Eucharia would have been hoping for especially after her side failed to find the back of the net in midweek and we could easily have got a second but Ikono’s shot from distance was well saved.
Just as we were looking to roll over Tokas with some unswerving pressure on their defence, our task was made yet tougher with Obioma getting a sending off for a late challenge on the opposing midfielder. A harsh decision it seemed but we didn’t waver as we continued to push on for a second. Moka could have easily scored a brace in the last quarter of the half but for some lack of composure on both occasions as we headed into the dressing room with Maduerosi’s solitary strike separating both sides; Tokas had not tested our keeper all through.
Tokas Queens had to rise to the occasion in the second half especially having a man advantage and they almost drew level just immediately after the restart but luck smiled on us as their striker slipped just at the wrong time.
Monday should have doubled the advantage after the missed chance by Tokas but she miscued her shot with just the keeper to beat after a sweet pass from Omosuyi. She was in quick succession denied by the side-post.
The difference in number was beginning to show with some tired defending on show and Tokas almost seized the advantage. Twice from set-pieces they threatened but our defence managed to clear. And with 20 minutes left to play, Maduerosi put the game beyond reach with her second of the afternoon. A swift counter-attacking play resulted in a pick-out pass from Omosuyi and she did ever well to beat her marker for pace before side-footing the ball home.
Monday could have added gloss to the score-line moments after but her shot clipped the near-post after a brilliant drive down the right. That proved to be the last meaningful action of a superb display by the Amazons. Next up is a visit to Edo Queens in the coming weekend.
Tokas Queens Starting XI: Oyono Monle, Leyin Afolashade, Blessing Godwin, Efe Grace, Tom Ruth, Salaudeen Kehinde, Titilayo Rafiu, Joy Enoch, Ohache Monica, Okpara Lizzy, George Chinyere.
Subs: Chilekezie Chika, Awotunbo Adeshola, Paul Oluwatomisin, Elu Cynthia, Uchegbu Ijeoma, Olumba Ifeoma, Bola Oluwayoyin.
C.O.D United Amazons: Yese Francisca, Paulinus Ifeoma, Obioma Bella, Ikono Hannah, Ezor Amaka, Ibadin Mary, Moka Sylvia, Monday Gift, Maduerosi Chinenye, Omosuyi Ayowunmi, Joseph Ogoma.
Subs: Ibeh Chinenye, Oshobukola Omowunmi, Chidinma Anuruo, Tejiri Edward, Onah Oluchi, Rafiat Aweda, Vera Benjamin.