From Esther Akaa, Lafia
The Nasarawa United Football Club on Monday defeated Jigawa Golden Stars Football Club 3 – 1 in a rearranged 2020/2021 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) match day 31 encounter.
The match played at the Lafia Township Stadium which ended in favour of Nasarawa United lifted them back to second position on the NPFL log table after falling down to fourth, due to results from other teams and the rescheduling of their match day 31 fixture.
From the start, Nasarawa United put up a brilliant performance, so much so, that they had a clear goal opportunity in the 1st minute but Silas Nwankwo, facing the Jigawa Golden Stars goalkeeper in a one-on-one encounter in the 18 yard box shot wide.
He however, made up for the miss after a shot had been parried away by the away team goalkeeper by taking advantage of the rebound to tap in from close range in the 19th minute.
In the 31st minute, Nwankwo made it 2-0, increasing his number of goals to 13 and at present making him the highest goal scorer in the ongoing 2020/2021 NPFL season.
Nasarawa United took advantage of a counter attack opportunity leading to Nwankwo facing the Jigawa Golden Stars goalkeeper at the edge of the 18 yard box as the last man.
This time however, the current NPFL highest goal scorer did not miss the target with a thumping shot over the goalkeeper into the left hand corner of the net to make it 2-0 in favour of Nasarawa United.
Despite the 2-0 advantage, the home team continued to dominate and press for more goal opportunities but could not increase the score line till the referee blew the whistle for the end of the first half.
They however, added to their lead in the second half through Adamu Hassan who received a cute pass from Aliyu Abdullahi in the 18 yard box and blasted home a left footed shot in the 59th minute to make it 3-0.
Jigawa Golden Stars did get a consolation goal before the final whistle was blown through Samuel Stone who was fouled in the 18 yard box, prompting the centre referee to award a penalty kick to the away side.
In the 86th minute, Stone stepped up and converted the penalty kick to make it 3-1 till the final whistle was blown.
In a post match reaction, Head Coach of Nasarawa United, Bala Nikyu,
praised his boys for playing according to plan and securing another home victory for the club.
“If you get it right you should thank God. My boys played well today and I appreciate their efforts. This victory is a good one and our target of playing continental football next season has not changed.
“By the table now, we have returned to the second position and we will continue to fight from there,” he said.
On his part, Coach, Jigawa Golden Stars, Gilbert Opana said: “For every match and for every team, you want a better result.
“It’s been good with Nasarawa United, especially in this second round of the league, so we expected the kind of game that we had. I think it’s exciting for those who saw it.
“My wards were a bit lazy at the defence in the first half and we got punished for it. However, our goal is to escape relegation at the end of the season.”