Rivers Angels get the advantage over Bayelsa Queens in Cup semi final

Defending Champions, Rivers Angels came from two goals down to secure a 2-2 draw in the 1st leg semifinal game of the Women's Aiteo/ Federation Cup semi final against Bayelsa Queens in Nembe on Saturday.

Ifeoma Ikenokwalu scored from the spot to gift the Jewel of Rivers an important advantage as they head home for the second leg in Port Harcourt.

Bayelsa Queens dominated the first half as the Port Harcourt side struggled to get hold of the midfield.

It was Macleans Okogba who opened scoring for the hosts in the 27th minute before Anibaba Ayomide doubled it three minutes later.

Bayelsa Queens went into the break with a comfortable advantage over the Jewel of Rivers.

However Rivers Angels head coach, Edwin Okon wasted no time in making early changes in the second half as he brought in Chioma Wogu for Cecilia Nku while Ugo Njoku came on for Chinaza Uchendu in the 48th minute.

It was Wogu who pulled one back for the Port Harcourt side from a goal mouth scramble on 65 minutes.

Just when the hosts thought they had it in their bag, one of their defenders handled the ball inside the penalty box and referee Hannah Eliagwu pointed to the spot in the 85th minute.

Bayelsa Queens goalkeeper, Alaba Jonathan was sent off following a confrontation with the referee and Favour Nwaohia stepped in but couldn't do anything to stop the Ikenokwalu’s kick in the 90th minute.

After the game, Rivers Angels coach, Edwin Okon said the result was a good one for his side.

"My girls really fought hard today, especially in the second half," Okon said.

"We didn't have a good start in the opening half but got our house back on track in the second half.

"With today's result, we have a very good advantage ahead of the second leg in Port Harcourt," he added.

The second leg will hold on Wednesday, October 4 at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt.
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