Abia Warriors Football Club beat Plateau United 2-1 at the Okigwe township Stadium on Monday to end 2020-2021 Nigeria professional football league first stanza on a good note.
Abia Warriors had a bright start into the game as they took the 6th minute through exciting winger Paul Samson.
The winger received a pass from Mustapha Jibreel inside the area, before firing past goalkeeper Dele Ajiboye in goal for Plateau United.
Plateau United restored the parity five minutes later from the penalty spot. Defender Markson Ojobo was penalized for fouling Uche Ochowechi inside the 6-yard box, and Mustapha Ibrahim made no converting the resulting penalty.
The hosts regained the lead five minutes late when Godwin Obaje tapped into the empty net after Dele Ajiboye failed to deal with an aerial ball.
Plateau United’s woes were compounded a few minutes later when goalkeeper Dele Ajiboye was stretchered off due to injury.
Plateau United pressed for an equalizer in the second half but Abia Warriors held on to their slim advantage until the center referee blew the whistle to end proceedings.
With this victory, Abia warriors climbed to 10th on the log, while Plateau United remain 12th on the log. Both sides will meet after the mid-season break for the reversed fixture.
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