Rangers’ Ge­orge nets brace to sink Rivers United

Daily Trust - - OPINION -

Enugu Rangers edged out Rivers United 2-1 in a Nige­ria Pro­fes­sional Foot­ball League rel­e­ga­tion Dog­fight on Sun­day at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Sta­dium, Enugu.

Rangers started with in­tent, pin­ning back the Port Har­court-based side to their half and caus­ing panic in their box via sev­eral dan­ger­ous set pieces de­liv­ered by left back, Ugwu Uwadiegwu.

Osas Okoro al­most put the hosts in front with a stun­ning long range ef­fort which Femi Thomas did well to push away for a cor­ner.

Re­prieve was to come for United as the heav­ens opened, ren­der­ing the pitch un­playable in a mat­ter of min­utes.

The ref­eree was left with no op­tion but to call off the game.

Upon re­sump­tion on Mon­day morn­ing, Rangers took the game by the scruff of the neck and were soon in front fol­low­ing a sump­tu­ous team move that com­pletely carved the Rivers United de­fence open.

Tope Olus­esi pro­vided the as­sist from the flow­ing move with Ifeanyi Ge­orge merely re­quired to tap into an un­guarded net from close range.

Rangers con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate and won a penalty soon af­ter the ref­eree ad­judged that Ifeanyi Nweke had han­dled in the box.

Ge­orge stepped up and con­verted in nerve­less fash­ion as he sent Femi Thomas, the Rivers United goal­keeper, the wrong way much to the de­light of the home faith­ful.

United were reel­ing and could have con­ceded a third had God­win Aguda not lost his foot­ing at the op­por­tune mo­ment with the visi­tors’ de­fence in sixes and sevens.

Rivers United’s tech­ni­cal man­ager, Stan­ley Eguma seemed to have de­liv­ered a rous­ing team talk as United looked a com­pletely dif­fer­ent side af­ter the res­tart.

They pushed the cham­pi­ons back more into their half in the sec­ond pe­riod and de­servedly pulled a goal back in the 74th minute.

Nweke was bril­liant in the build-up as he in­ter­cepted a dan­ger­ous Osas Okoro pass into the United half be­fore play­ing a bril­liant pass to Luk­man Mo­hammed.

Mo­hammed raced all of 40 yards be­fore pass­ing deftly to the over­lap­ping Nweke who coolly picked out Og­bugh with an inch-per­fect low cross that the at­tacker stabbed home from close range.

It was Og­bugh’s third goal in as many matches in the NPFL and un­der­lines his sta­tus as one of the divi­sion’s most po­tent marks­man.

United pushed for a late lev­eller, throw­ing more bod­ies up­front but Rangers de­fended spirit­edly to close out the win.

Rivers United is now in 16th place on the log with 41 points from 31 matches while Rangers climbed to 13th with 42 points from 32 matches.

Enugu Rangers’ Ifeanyi Ge­orge cel­e­brates his goal against Rivers United with team mates

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