SPORT Osadiaye’s hat-trick wrecks Akwa United
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.