Alice Ogebe, Patience Kalu and Ibinabo Georgewill were all on target as Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) champions, Rivers Angels beat FC Robo Queens of Lagos 3-1 in a match day 11 game on Wednesday.
Having failed to win in their last two matches, the Osahon’s side failed yet again to put their Super Four qualification dreams back on track as they fell to the title holders at the Legacy Pitch.
Ogebe opened the scoring for the Jewels of Rivers in the 19th minute when she snatched a loose pass from midfield, drove inside the box before putting it beyond goalkeeper Damilola Amole.
In the 34th minute, Robo’s Monday gift came close to drawing level for the host but Tochukwu Oluehi pulled off a brilliant save to preserve Angels’ lead.
And just a minute later, Kalu doubled the lead for the Port Harcourt side when she slotted in from a goal-mouth scramble to give Edwin Okon’s charges a healthy lead going into the break.
The hosts, however, came back firing in the second half as they confined Angels to their half for about the opening 20 minutes of the half.
Tochukwu Oluehi was the heroine of the day as she made a number of saves to deny the FC Robo Queens the opportunity to pull one back when Monday Gift, Rasheedat Ajibade and Chidinma Okeke threatened at different moments.
However, Rivers Angels thought they had made the game safe with a third in the 70th minute through substitute Ibinabo Georgewill but was ruled out by the assistant referee for offside.
But Ibinabo next attempt was not to be denied in the 85th minute when she scored a screamer off a Chioma Wogu’s pass to increase the tally.
Robo Queens captain, Rasheedat Ajibade pulled one back for the hosts in stoppage time but it was just a scant consolation as the Edwin Okon-led side snatched all 3 points heading back home.
The Jewel of Rivers are still 2nd on the group A log but tied on points with 1st placed Bayelsa Queens with 19 points from 10 matches.
They will now head back home for their next game against Abia Angels on July 19 at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt.