- Published on Sunday, 19 March 2017 21:06
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By Tola Badekale
Enyimba rolled back the years with a gritty display associated with their past teams by not letting go of a prized possession, we also saw in ABS Football Club a youthful exuberance which fed off the boisterous chants of their fans. In the end, 1-1 was fair result of an end to end match.
But fans of ABS would rather referee Ishaya Patrick had obliged them a penalty following a 34th minute duel between Samson Gbadebo and their own Metuh Chigozirim which ultimately left the latter with an injury that ended his day early. Perhaps that would have made the difference as such were the little margins in a match of end-to-end action.
The ball at least ended up in the net twice.Right from the start of the second half, Enyimba attacked down the left flank and it was Ismail Gata that found captain Mfom Udoh who jabbed in with ease to silence the crowd.
ABS, perhaps justifiably in the estimation of their fans, won a penalty with eight minutes left to play when substitute Adeshina Gata was tipped by Kelly Kester. Substitute Stone Evbuomwa dispatched it firmly for the equaliser.
But the match had offered much more exciting moments before those goals. Enyimba's Ibrahim Mustapha had 25 minutes in, booted wide form a rebound gifted him by ABS keeper, Boje Abdullahi.
A delightful 36th minute volley by Mfon would have been listed as a goal of the week contender had it not been met with an equally fantastic save by Boje.
There was also a world class save from close range by Enyimba keeper, Fatai Dauda which denied ABS the equaliser in the 54th minute.
While being substituted, ABS striker Mohammed Mohammed was unfairly booed by a section of the home support for an off day. He was denied by a last ditch block by Kelly in the 68th minutewhen a pass to a free team mate would have profited ABS more. He then blazed over just seconds later, while unmarked. Those were the major grouse the crowd had against him.
They were the best opportunities ABS had to draw level before the penalty was awarded. Both teams would have felt disappointed with the draw as they gave it their all - High flying ABS that their overall play deserved something more, Enyimba feeling they let go of two points courtesy of a freak tackle late in a game in which they fought like titans.
RESULT: ABS 1-1 Enyimba Int'l
SHOTS ON: 6-4
SHOTS OFF: 7-2
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