- Published on Wednesday, 01 March 2017 18:55
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By Fisayo Dairo
Daniel Etor's first half goal was all champions Rangers needed to overcome a spirited display by newly-promoted ABS in a Nigeria Professional Football League Match Day 11 encounter decided at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium in Enugu on Wednesday.
Former Enyimba star, Etor took his time inside the penalty box before scoring with nine minutes left in the first half after Rangers had squandered a number of early opportunities.
Etor was one of the three changes that Rangers coach Imama Amapakabo made to the side that lost to MFM on Friday night and the left winger took just five minutes to make a mark on the game, delivering a precise square pass for striker Bobby Clement whose effort from six yards came off the woodwork.
Etor repeated the same trick seconds later but this time, Clement's first touch let him down as the ball rolled down his thigh into touch. The lanky attacker however did better on a third attempt from the same Etor whose cross yet again from the left flank was met by a powerful volley at the far post by Clement just after the half hour mark. This time, ABS goalkeeper, Boje Abdullahi produced a smart save at his near post.
The Henry Makinwa tutored visitors suffered a devastating blow on 35 minutes when enterprising winger Chigozirim Metu who had rattled Rangers veteran left back Ugwu Uwadiegwu a number of times in the game failed to recover from a late challenge by Rangers defender Pape Ousmane, making way for Adeshina Gata.
ABS recorded a chance of their own at about the same time when goal scoring defender, Ernest Governor volleyed from 25 yards but his well struck effort rose just above the cross bar.
Rangers however pounced at the opposite end almost immediately.
A smart move by Rangers infield resulted in Obinna Nwobodo threading a ball through for Etor but still left the winger with a lot to do. He did it expertly though as he left two of his markers for dead before shooting through them and beyond Boje for what would be the only goal of the game.
The second half was marred stoppages and injuries to both sides including Etor who was replaced just seven minutes into the half. He had however done enough to secure Rangers a successive home win for the first time this season.
RANGERS: 30. Itodo Akor 7. Osas Okoro 3. Ugwu Uwadiegwu 1. Charles Henlong 5. Pape Ousmane 15. Camara Azeez 28. Chiamaka Madu 6. Obinna Nwobodo 23. Bobby Clement (Fortune Omoniwari 62') 19. Godwin Aguda (Morris Enete 76') 10. Daniel Etor (Tope Olusesi 52')
Unused Subs: 25. Nana Bonsu 12. Chibuzor Madu 13. Christian Madu 2. Mathew Etim
BOOKED: Pape Ousmane 28'
GOAL: Daniel Etor 36'
ABS FC: 12. Boje Abdullahi 6. Ahmed Ibrahim 11. Chukwuebuka Anaekwe (Lukman Abdulhameed 73') 24. Arinze Oyota 5. Ernest Governor 35. Chinedu Ajanah 18. Abubakar Chindo 14. Samuel Oyedeji 9. Martins Ossy (Emmanuel Ugbo 46') 17. Metu Chigozirim (Adeshina Gata 35') 30. Mohammed Mohammed
Unused Subs: 31. Soliu Dogo 26. Franklin Ebuka 10. Ibrahim Abdullahi 34. Kehinde Ayinde
BOOKED: Chinedu Ajanah 38' Mohammed Mohammed 48' Abubakar Chindo 90'
Referee: Samuel Agba (Cross River)
RANGERS 1-0 ABS FC
Shots (On target): 7(3)-4(0)
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