C.O.D United have now secured two successive home wins for the first time this season with a brilliant victory over Unicem Rovers courtesy of a Tosin Omoyele brace and a goal from Anthony Omaka. Omoyele’s tidy finish in the 36th minute gave the White Lions a platform to build on considering a number of chances fluffed in the opening stages of the game. Omaka doubled the lead just on the stroke of halftime with a powerful effort and even though Unicem Rovers pulled one back just immediately after the break, Omoyele was on hand to tap in from close range for his second of the encounter, further renewing hopes of relegation survival.
Coach Kazeem Alabi maintained about the same line-up for the third straight game with the only constant shuffle witnessed between Soji Adu and Enuademu Chinedu; Enuademu was given the nod ahead of Adu who made the starting line-up a week ago. We began the game on the front foot and only a brilliant save from the Unicem Rovers keeper denied Omoyele a second-minute goal via a header off the back post. We continued to knock on the door of their defence and minutes later, Omoyele latched on to a perfectly lobbed pass from Enuademu but his attempt to dink the ball over the keeper did not get enough pace and was comfortably saved.
At the other end, we were almost made to pay for our missed chances as a well drilled grounder close to the box was spilled by Emenike but the follow up was blazed way over the bar. We immediately turned defence into attack with Omaka finding himself one-on-one with the keeper but the keeper produced a big save to deny the opener. However, there was no denying this time as we broke the deadlock 9 minutes before the break. Neat flow of passes in the opponent’s danger area saw Damian receive a forward pass from Enuademu and he in turn played in Omoyele who beat the keeper to his left with a composed finish. We immediately doubled the lead with the next chance of the game; a team goal on the stroke of halftime. Quick interchange of passes between Ogunsuyi and Omoyele and a flick-on from the latter to pick out Omaka who rattled the top corner with a belter of a goal.
We began the second half looking to take the game to the visitors again although, Unicem pulled one back against the run of play. A cross into our box which was cleared halfway fell kindly for their striker and he volleyed into the top left corner. There was little our keeper could do about it. We immediately tried to respond with an attack of our own, but that time, Omaka’s left foot volley was feeble and thus claimed comfortably. Unicem also produced some scary moments as they almost got the equaliser but their attacker was in an offside position when he attempted to score from close range.
There were several opportunities for the White Lions to extend our advantage but we just couldn’t find the net. However, a third goal wasn’t far away and it was the simplest of goals. A sweet ball fizzled across the face of goal after a brilliant overlap by Adiukwu fell for Ogunsuyi but his side-footed shot was blocked and the follow-up was an easy tap in for Omoyele. From that point on, we continued to pass the ball around patiently and with panache as we held on to a 3-1 victory.
The lads are next in action in the coming weekend with a trip to Delta Force.
C.O.D United XI: Paul Emenike, James Oronsaye, Kenneth Joseph, Alaba Balogun, Obinna Adiukwu, Kingsley Ezeali, Anthony Omaka, Nnamdi Damian, Odunayo Ogunsuyi, Chinedu Enuademu, Tosin Omoyele.
Subs: Ridwan Oladipo, Afeez Bankole, Sikiru Hammed, Oladimeji Obafemi, Stone Evbuomwan, Soji Adu, Theophilus Atagana.
Unicem Rovers XI: Franklin Akwawki, Stephen Manyo, Etete Okon, Onyedika Ngwu, Abang Patrick, Jerry Okon, Maxwell Effiom, Ibe Chinedu, Etenfa Ekuta, Eso Archibong, Achare Moses.
Subs: Arikpo Martins, Nsisong Umoinyang, Kenneth Edeh, Richard Johnson, Uche Isaiah.