Rivers - Heartland FC of Owerri on Monday at the Liberation Stadium, Port Harcourt, beat Crown FC of Ogbomosho by 2-0 goals to qualify for the semi-final of the Federation Cup.
Crown’s coach Oyadunmi Oyekale said shortly after the match, that his players gave a good account of themselves, in spite of the loss.
``I think the boys put up a good fight. They are very young and inexperienced and to them, it is an achievement.
``Heartland scored us two good goals with their experience. We had our chances but could not utilise them.
``We will go back to the drawing board and prepare for the next soccer season,’’ he said.
Heartland’s Bello Kofomata scored the first goal in the 14th minute, while Chinedu Efugh increased the tally in the 44th minute.
Heartland’s chief coach, Ndubuisi Nduka said that Crown team surprised them because they put up a good fight.
``The Crown boys surprised me. They played very good football. They were committed to the game and they gave us a very good match.
``But I want to praise my boys because we laid emphasis on finishing in our training because that had been our problem.
``They took two good chances and it made it for us, '' he said.
On their semi-final match, Nduka said that as defending champions, they were prepared to take on any team.
``We are the defending champions and we are ready to take on any team. Our intention is to retain the cup,’’ he said.
The semi-finals of the cup will hold in Calabar and Ilorin at a date to be announced by the Nigerian Football Federation.