Calabar - Suleiman Abdullahi produced a man-of-the match
performance on Wednesday as the Golden Eaglets thrashed a Cross River State
selected side 6-1 at the Abraham Ordia Stadium complex inside the University of
There were goals also for Golden Eaglets trio of Victor
Osimhen, Kelechi Nwakali and Jack Ipalibo while Kingsley Ogoyi scored the consolatory
goal for the Cross River State selected side.
Abdullahi scored the first goal and Golden Eaglets landmark
50th after 15 matches, in the 9th minute when he struck a text-book free kick
from the periphery of the opposition box. Beanpole striker, Victor Osimhen
added the second goal five minutes later when he connected a whipped-in corner
kick by Lazarus John.
However, Eaglets defender, Dayo Femi conceded a penalty in
the 16th minute which was well converted by Kingsley Ogoyi who sent Amos Benjamin
the other way.
In the 35th minute, it was the turn of Cross River State
selected side to concede a penalty which Abdullahi buried beyond the reach of goalkeeper
Fidelis Ogiri. Abdullahi would get his hat-trick in the added time of the first
half when he nodded home a pin-point pull out by Orji Promise.
Both sides brought fresh faces in the second half but it was
the Golden Eaglets that showed more enterprise with better ball possession.
Barely five minutes after the restart, Chinedu Madueke was hacked down from
behind in the box after a fine dribble run and the resultant penalty was scored
But for all their good play and artistry, the Golden Eaglets
were unable to press the advantage but within seconds to spare, Jack Ipalibo
scored arguably the best goal of the day when he initiated a one-two pass with
Ebije Yahaya before burying the ball behind the goalkeeper.
Golden Eaglets coach, Emmanuel Amuneke (MON) in a post
match analysis, commended the spirited performance of both teams despite the lopsided
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