By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Week two of this season’s Nigeria National League (NNL) produced victories for Vandezzer FC, Shooting Stars, Gombe United, Rarara FC, Might Jets, FC Taraba amongst other clubs with the conclusion of Saturday round of fixtures.
A missed penalty and a very profligate display in the attack gifted hosts Vandrezzer FC all three points in a match day two Nigeria National League fixture at the expense of very coordinated and compact visiting FC Nilayo at the Agege Township Stadium, Lagos.
The game had barely kicked off when the referee awarded a penalty to Vandrezzer, goalkeeper Ikenna Benjamin was penalized for gathering a ball in his area, the referee initially awarded a goal kick but the assistant referee signalled for a penalty, a decision that was contested by the visiting players.
Stand-in Captain for Vandrezzer Christopher Lolo stepped up in the fifth minute and converted the spot-kick, beating goalkeeper Ikenna Benjamin from six yards.
It became an all FC Nilayo affair from that moment and it paid off when James Ekwebuike was hacked down by the Vandrezzer goalkeeper who misplaced a back pass while under pressure from Ekwebuike in the box
Kabiru Popoola stepped up in the 12th minute and his spot-kick was denied by the woodwork, the Vandrezzer defence cleared the ball thereafter and averted the danger completely.
While Vandrezzer was unable to create clear-cut chances, FC Nilayo’s creativity led to several chances to equalize but the attackers did everything right except putting the ball in the back of the net.
James Ekwebuike was extremely profligate, while the upright denied a beautiful Muri Batuli’s attempt from way out.
While it looked like FC Nilayo will get back into the game, the terrific and electrifying display did not yield any result with James Ekwebuike and Kabiru Osoba who had a chance to steal a point in the dying moment of the game the biggest culprits.
FC Nilayo will now shift attention to the matchday three fixture coming up at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Two away wins were recorded in some of the matches of week two in the Nigeria National League,2020-2021 season.
3SC FC of Ibadan and Ibom Youth FC, both won their ties one zero each.
In a Southern conference group B2 clash, Godosky FC 0-1 Ibom Youth FC, match played at Neros Stadium, Nanka, Anambra.
In group B1 3SC pipped Giant Brillars FC 1-0 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu.
Other Result of Match Day Two Today in the
Nigeria National League,2020-2021 Season.
Match Day Two.
Date: Saturday 20-02-2021.
Aklosendi Int’l FC, Lafia bye.
Gombe Utd 1-0 Sokoto Utd, venue Pantami Int’l Stadium.
Green Berets Fc 1-0 Rarara FC, venue -Kabama Stadium, Zaria.
Mighty Jets of Jos 2- 0 Oyah Sports Int’l FC, venue Jos Township Stadium.
FC Taraba 1- 0 NAF FC, Abuja,venue – Jalingo
El-Kanemi Warriors v EFCC FC,Abuja ,venue El-Kanem Stadium,Maiduguri
Yesterday -Friday 19-02-2021
Zamfara Utd 2-0 Kebbi Utd.
G&H Shekarau FC 1-1 Yobe Desert Stars, venue -Kano Pillars Stadium.
Kogi Utd FC 0 – 0 Malumfashi FC ,venues confluence Stadium
ABS FC,Ilorin 2-0 DMD FC ,Maiduguri,venue – Ilorin Township Stadium.
Niger Tornadoes 2-0 Road Safety FC, Abuja, venue – Bako Kontagora Stadium, Minna
Date: Saturday 20-02-2021
Osun Utd 1-1 Nnewi Utd,venue Osogbo Township Stadium
Vandrezzer FC,Lagos 1- 0 Nilayo FC ,venue – Agege Township Stadium.
Rovers FC,Calabar 3- 0 Dynamite Force FC,Edo,venue- UJ Esuene Stadium,Calabar.
Giant Brillars FC, Enugu 0-1 3SC of Ibadan, venue Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu.
Go-Round FC, Omoku 2-1 Stores of Lagos, venue- Krisdera Stadium.
Ekiti United v Delta Force, venue -Oluyemi. Kayode Stadium, Ado-Ekiti.
Standing bye is FC ONE Rocket of Uyo.
Abia Comets v Apex Krane of Agbor, venue- Umuahia Township Stadium.
Holy Arrows FC,Ole v J’Atete ,venue- Ole Township Stadium.
Gateway Utd 1-0 Crown FC, venue -MKO Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta.
Bendel Insurance FC v Joy Cometh FC of Lagos, venue – Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin.
Godosky FC,0- 1 Ibom Youth FC,venue- Neros Stadium, Nanka , Anambra.
Bayelsa Utd v Remo Stars, venue – Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa
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