Port Harcourt - Sharks coach, Festus Allen, is a relieved
man after his side earned a hard fought 1-0 win over city rivals Dolphins in a
local derby in the Glo Premier League played in Port Harcourt.
An elated Allen, told npfl.ng, that he is confident his side
will beat the drop and praised his players for what he described as a stunning
"I am completely relieved. This was the most vital
match of our season. We needed to secure maximum three points and a draw would
have been disastrous for us. My players understood how important this game was
for us, that is why they gave their best," He said.
Chima Akas' goal eight minutes into the encounter proved to
be the vital intervention the Blue Angels needed to leapfrog Stanley Eguma's
men in the drop zone.
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A single point was the difference between the Port Harcourt
sides before the match day. The home side listed forward Christian Pyagbara for
the fixture, after the striker passed a late fitness test. Pyabara has been
struggling with an injury in the second round of the campaign.
The hosts came close to opening proceedings through Fredrick
Obomate in the 5th minute, whose 15 yards shot was parried off by Sunday Rotimi
for a corner. Pyagbara's shot was deflected off target by Jonathan Zikiye
moment later, before Akas stroke in the eight minute.
And Allen stated further that the victory was hard earned.
"The victory we got will boost my team's chances of
maintaining their top flight status. I am confident we will not be trapped in
the relegation zone again. We are out of there and out completely.
"Our target now is to secure maximum points away to
El-Kanemi. We have been picking points away from home and we hope to still pick
some more on the road. We are not giving up, but will stay focused till the
end. I can assure you, we will not get relegated," a positive-sounding
Allen told npfl.ng.
The win over Dolphins moved Sharks above the drop zone
having amassed 36 points from 31 games, two better than their city rivals, who
dropped to 17th on the log.
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