By Ekpor Temple
Family Love FC, PH City and Go Round FC have made it to the next stage of the Rivers State FA Cup after victories in Tuesday’s games.
In the early kickoff, Family Love FC beat Dolphins Youth 9-8 via penalty shoot-out after Full Time ended 1-1.
It was Kingsley Amadi that put Dolphins Youth ahead in the 24th minute.
Though Dolphins Youth had all the chances to have nailed the game before the first half hour, they faltered in front of their opposition goal post.
The end of the second half saw a resurgent Family Love FC press harder all to no avail before Divine K. restored parity in the nick of the time, scoring in the 89th minute.
During the ensuing penalty shoot-out, Family Love won 9-8 despite the fact that they missed three of their kicks.
Coach Zico goes through
In the second match of the day, PH City FC beat Police Machines 2-1.
N. Mohammed scored early to put PH City FC ahead and then Temple made it 2-0 in the 24th minute.
Police Machine came into the 2nd half with intent to change the game’s scoreline. They dominated play in the 2nd half but were not clinical in front of goal as they missed a couple of chances.
At the closing stages of the game, Police Machine FC build-up play was rewarded with a stunning goal from Jaja Miebaka who slotted the ball past the goalkeeper of PH City FC in the 87th minute.
The consolation goal heaped pressure on PH city FC who somehow looked disorganized.
In added time, Boma failed to score a goal that would have restored hope for Police Machine FC with a cowardly miss.
After the match coach of PH City FC Joseph Ndubuisi nicknamed (coach Zico) showed his excitement, thanking God for winning and praising his boys for playing to instruction.
“Yes, that’s my strategy. Our plan was to get the early goal, then hold the game with them.
“In the second half, if the worst comes, we might concede just one,” Zico told NigerianFootballer.com.
Coach Zico was a member of the team sent to Spain by the Rivers State government for the Real Madrid Academy coaching course.
Jaja Miebaka who scored the consolation goal spoke with NigerianFootballer.com, blaming his teammates for relaxing so much in the first half.
“I will say our players were a bit relaxed in the first half. They see this place as a familiar ground to train, it feels as if it was our home, by the time they knew it the two goals had already entered and it was a bit late to equalize,” He said.
Police Machines coach, Douye Ghomorai told NigerianFootballer.com that he would have to address the attacking problems of this team because they missed so many scoring chances.
“I will say we lost to tension, exposure and inexperience on the part of this team,”
Day of reds as Go Round FC overcome the Vandals
There were two red cards and three goals as Go Round FC thrashed BK Vandals 3-0 in the late game on Tuesday.
Being the final game of the day and with the quality of play exhibited by Go Round FC, the fans were ecstatic and went back home feeling fulfilled with the sort of free-flowing football exhibited by the Omoku based side.
Before the game, Willy Udube, the Technical Adviser of Go Round FC, speaking with NigerianFootballer.com explained his expectations from the FA Cup.
“The FA Cup is a very dicey competition where many big teams look down on the lesser teams.
“But I have told my boys that they should not underestimate anybody. If your younger brother is playing against you, challenging you, you defeat him very, very well so that next time he will have respect for you. I expect my boys to go all out and win this match.”
Shedrack Oghali scored first for Go Round FC in the 15th minute, then Osem Joshua made it 2-0 in the 41st minute before Shadrack was sent off for dissent.
At the start of the 2nd Half, one would have expected that Vandal FC will take advantage of their one-man superiority to cause mayhem, but this was not to be seen as they misplaced lots of goalscoring opportunities. Udoema Thomas of Vandals was later sent off for a rough tackle on a Go Round FC player.
Late in the game, the Go Round FC attack was suddenly resurgent leading to a goal well struck by the skilled Samuel Stone in the 78th minute.
After the match Barke Ugbor, coach of Vandal FC said he did not feel bad that he lost to a better team.
“Anyway, I don’t feel bad because I don’t think the hundred thousand naira registration fees is for me to win the competition. This is my first time of coming to the competition, even though we had the expectation to win, but I am glad I lost to a more stable side. Losing to them is an experience, I need to go back and fix the areas the players lack and me myself personally,” he told NigerianFootballer.com.
For Willy Udube the Technical Adviser of Go Round FC was not happy that his lads underrated the team. He said they were supposed to score at least ten goals against the Vandals.
The Man of the Match, Samuel Stone expressed his thoughts with Nigerianfootballer.com.
“I feel better actually. First of all, I thank God for being named the Man of the match and the effort of my teammates, it’s a motivation for me to do more better,” Stone said.
Match Day 3 will see Rivers United feeders host SKE FC at noon, while Rivers United will seek to go pass Ambassadors FC at 3pm