Luckier MFM edge Abia Warriors 2-1 to reclaim top spot

By Fred Edoreh

In a match which each side dominated each half, an early goal by NPFL leading scorer, Stephen Odey on the 3rd minute and a follow up by striking partner, Sikiru Olatunbosu on the 29th minute counted most as MFM FC of Lagos carried the day against visiting Abia Warriors of Umuahia.

It was a Match Day 16 fixture which MFM won 2-1 at the Soccer Temple, Agege Stadium, on Wednesday evening to climb back to the top of the log on 30 points.

It was a typical game of one half apiece as MFM proved masterly in the first half but gave up possession to the Warriors who mounted enormous pressure to record an 84 minute goal through Adetunji Sunday.

Proceedings opened with Emiloju Julius delivering a super cross to Sikiru Olatunbosu in the first minute but Olatunbosu ballooned over. Onuwa Chukwuma drove in a minute after to set up Odey who displaced Emma Ocheje in goal for Abia. Odey could not recover on time to take the chance on open goal.

Odey however made good in the third minute when Onuwa tore apart the Abia defence with his dribble runs and found Olatunbosu who laid clean for Odey to slot in.

Abia attempted to respond with a push back as Adetunji attacked from the right and penetrated to deliver a loop that brought goalkeeper Ospino Egbe clashing with captain Austine Opara.

Abia's resistance was short lived as combination play by the quartet of Emiloju, Onuwa, Odey and Olatunbosu became too much for the defence, leading them to concede a free kick at the far right edge of the box which Olatunbosu curled to the left angle, leaving Ocheje no chance for MFM's second goal and a clear lead into the break.

The second half however proved a different ball game with Abia doing all the probing after the introduction of Kalu Nweke and Uche Ihuarulam.

Their pressure proved positive on the 84th minute as late substitute Shedrack Asiegbu initiated an attack that rattled the MFM defence, giving room for Adetunji to fire from right inside the 12 yard with a scissors kick into the net for a consolation goal.

With MFM coach Fidelis Ilechukwu away in Abuja for a CAF coaching course, assistant coach, Alli Suleiman Obinna, says he is happy that he delivered on the confidence reposed on him by the coach.

He agrees that his team lost steam in the second half, attributing it to loss of concentration but assured that the technical crew will work in the boys.

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