SPORT Osa­di­aye’s hat-trick wrecks Akwa United

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Warri Wolves’ Joseph Osa­di­aye scored a hat-trick in the de­layed Glo Pre­mier League Match Day 34 fix­ture against rel­e­ga­tion threat­ened Akwa United yes­ter­day at the Warri City sta­dium to launch his side to within three points of league lead­ers, Eny­imba In­ter­na­tional.

The lanky at­tack­ing mid­fielder was in sparkling form along­side Ikechukwu ‘Mos­quito’ Ibenegbu who con­trolled and set the pace of the game.

A cagey open­ing min­utes with noth­ing of note up front came alive on the 13th minute when a cor­ner kick from Mos­quito was headed down in the box by Kufre Ebong. The ball fell on Osa­di­aye’s path for the player to blast a left-footed shot into the net for the opener.

The Sea-Siders af­ter­wards took to­tal con­trol of the game cre­at­ing nu­mer­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties but Ibenegbu was guilty of wast­ing three very good chances to dou­ble their ad­van­tage.

It was end to end stuff on the 35th minute; firstly a straight bat­tle be­tween Ebong and Akwa United’s Harrison Ibukun with the former com­ing out tops to set up Ibenegbu who wasted the op­por­tu­nity and straight way, a long ball into Wolves’ vi­tal area was only cleared by on rush­ing Rhiog­bere Te­jiri.

The away team didn’t sit back as they tested Wolves’ goal­keeper Te­jiri on few oc­ca­sions and the goal­keeper though very shaky on the day did not dis­ap­point mak­ing two tremen­dous saves in the first half.

The homers meant busi­ness as they dou­bled their lead on the 51st minute. Ibenegbu’s cor­ner kick was well con­nected by Osa­di­aye’s head with the away de­fense ball watch­ing and Olufemi Kay­ode glued to a spot.

The away team were re­duced to ten men on the 53rd minute as Kon­nou Peterne picked up his sec­ond yel­low card of the game and a march­ing or­der.

Osa­di­aye then com­pleted his hat-trick and Wolves’ third with a bril­liant curl­ing ef­fort from out­side the box to take the game be­yond the boys from Uyo.

Gaffer of Akwa United Zachary Baraje made changes to his side but noth­ing changed as sub­sti­tute Saviour Abanga could not save his team from the ma­raud­ing Wolves.

Wolves travel to Makurdi to tackle Lobi in Match Day 35, up­beat of a good re­sult while Akwa United are in dan­ger of be­ing dragged into the rel­e­ga­tion fight with back to back away games to Rangers and Kano Pil­lars.

Em­manuel Emenike

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