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Nigeria-eligible Roosa Ariyo’s third brace of the season powers TiPS past HPS

Nigerian-Finnish born striker Roosa Ariyo bagged her third brace of the season as TiPS secured a 5-1 triumph over HPS in Saturday’s Finnish Naisten Liiga game played at Mustapekka Areena.

Before the contest, the 26-year-old had been in impressive form for Pauliina Miettinen’s side this term, scoring six goals in seven games.

Following her role in a 2-1 win against Honka last time out, Miettinen handed Ariyo her eighth starting role this term and did make the best of her moments in front of goal on the pitch for the visitors.

Having beaten JyPK 2-1 at home last week, HPS were eyeing a back-to-back win at home but Elli Kainulainen’s opener after just 15 minutes into the encounter gave the visitors the lead.

Ariyo doubled the lead for TiPS in the 34th minute as her side gained a comfortable edge in the match before the half time break.

After the restart, Dali Meller pulled one back for the hosts to reduce the deficit but Tia Halinen recovered the visitors’ two-goal advantage in the 66th minute of the game.

Four minutes later, Ariyo increased the host’s lead with her third Roriyo impressive goal before Oona Siren struck three minutes added wrap up the victory.

She, who is eligible to represent Finland and Nigeria through her parents, featured for 73 minutes before being replaced by Aino Martikainen and has now scored eighth in eight games.

The result saw TiPS reclaim to second on the Finnish table with 18 points from eight matches – four behind KuPS.

In search of a third win in a row, TiPS will continue their fun run in this weekend’s visit to JyPK in their Finnish fixture.