Wasteful Rivers United held by Lobi Stars in Makurdi

Wasteful Rivers United held by Lobi Stars in Makurdi

Lobi Stars of Makurdi forced visitors Rivers United to a 1-1 draw at the Aper Aku stadium on Sunday.

It was a disappointing evening for the hosts as Rivers United outplayed Lobi Stars in the first 45 minutes of the matchday one fixture of 2021/2022 NPFL game.

Rivers United created many scoring chances in the first 35 minute, but they were let down by poor finishing.

Rivers United finally went in front through Ishaq Kayode’s brilliant strike in the 27th minute . Ishaq cushions Bakary Bamba’s cross, evade his marker before putting the ball beyond the reach of the goalkeeper.

Coach Eddy Dombraye responded to the struggle and made a three changes five minutes before the end of first half — with Sani Mohammed, Akile Monday and Okolo Michael coming on Ganda Samuel, Mubarak Saidu and Onuwa Chukwuka, and it waa bold decision that changed the tides of the game.

The substitutions paid off for the pride of Benue as Barnabas Imenger curled in a precise free kick from the Fringe of the penalty area that left goalkeeper Sochima Victor in awe to give Lobi Stars the equalizer.

The Eddy Dombraye’s men piled proved more pressure for the winner but the never say die spirit of Rivers United dragged the game to a one all draw.

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