A first half goal and assist from Abel Bobby inspired Kogi United to a comfortable 3-0 home win over Yobe Desert Stars in a Week 21 of Bet9ja Nigerian National League, NNL clash in Lokoja on Saturday.
Bobby opened the scoresheet for Lokoja based side with a glancing header from Ibrahim Mustapha’s cross in the 32nd minute.
And the goal arrived when the visitors were about settling into the game as Iwuji snatched a loose ball from Ahmed Shittu and quickly found Mustapha on the run who didn’t waste time with his cross that was headed in by Bobby.
Just as both sides were preparing to retire into dugout for half time, United’s second goal arrived in the 43rd minutes off a perfect team work.
WiTh opening scorer providing an assist after his cut back pass was converted calmly by Idris Muye after John John had taken out Yobe defenders in the box.
Micheal Bolaji would arrive on time in Yobe’s box to volleyed in a low cross from Mustapha in the 78th minute to complete the romping for the Confluence Boys.
United could have taken the lead in the 15th minute when Bobby was allowed to control Iwuji’s pass in the Yobe’s box but his shot hit the upright to sail away.
The Damaturu side survived two quick attacks from United as a goal bound shots from both John John and Victor Tale were blocked by the crowded defense.
Yobe Desert Stars upped the ante in the formative stage of the second half with quick attacks but weren’t clinical in front of goal as United defended with confidence.
The tempo of the game went down as the match nears its final minutes but United were undone by scoring goals.
Another attack for the hosts was initiated by Muye and Iwuji on the left flank. Mustapha received the pass as he took out Yobe defenders before founding unmarked Bolaji with a low cross which was volleyed in past helpless Abdullahi and sent the sizable crowd at the Confluence Stadium into wild jubilation.