Four matches in week three were decided on Thursday, 10th June 2021 in the Port Harcourt City League at the Football Pitch of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education.
Port Harcourt City FC were two-nil victors over Sonto FC to record their first win in the league.
PHC FC took the early, five minutes to the end of the first half via Kelvin Amadi who picked out Promise Uwaoma’s cross to score his first league goal.
Sonto would have restored parity three minutes after the interval when Akani Chimene sent his effort well wide from goal. Ozoemene Chimebuka brilliantly tipped off Robert Owhorodu’s shot to deny PHC FC the double.
With six minutes to the full-time whistle, Olu Gabriel pounced on a loose ball to give his side the two-goal advantage as Chijioke Keshi’s lads amassed the maximum points.
Chijioke Keshi of PHC FC was impressed with the performance of his players.
“I’ve been expecting the victory and the boys tried their best. We did some changes from the previous matches and we must win and not drop points.”
Sonto Godspower of Sonto believes his team will bounce back.
“It’s a game of football where you didn’t plan to lose. I have full confidence that in our next match, my boys will do much better.”
Defending champions, SKE FC continued their fine start to the campaign with a 4-1 win against struggling Corinthians FC.
Patrick Osuagwu increased his tally to four goals in the 22nd minute to give his side the lead when he expertly hit a low-driven shot past Kenneth Iyoyo courtesy of an assist by Harrison Onwufor. Ikechukwu Onuoha who was at the heart of every attack for SKE, produced the perfect final ball, supplying Harrison with a typically fierce pass that was guided home for the double.
Corinthians failed to muster a shot at goal before the break. SKE continued their dominance, creating goals scoring chances. Bello Mohammed nodded wide off a cross by Harrison in the 53rd minutes.
A lifeline for Corinthians came off the substitute, John Ebinbo who rose highest and nodded past Ikechi Chuku. A seeming comeback didn’t materialize as SKE got the two-goal cushion. Uche Kingsley who barely had 14 minutes in the field of play as a substitute had an interchange of passes with Ebere Akaka to slam into the net. The last goal for SKE came off the boots of Udoh Jumbo to cap off a one-sided affair.
Ifeanyi Nwachukwu of SKE said it’s still a rebuilding process for his team.
“We are trying to recover from the FA Cup loss. It’s a rebuilding process and we plan to maintain the winning run.”
A five-goal thriller ensued in the game between Port Harcourt United and Ororo FC. PHU came from a goal down to beat Ororo 3-2 in a keenly contested encounter.
Ororo led as early as the sixth minute via Prince Monday who benefited from a rebound to open the scoring.
PHU had the best spell of the half, creating openings for the equalizer. Godknows Ikpe was able to skip past his marker and unleashed a shot that was punched out by Monday Sunday. The equalizer came in the 33rd minute when Godknows brilliantly beat two markers and laid a plate onto the path of Collins Amadi who wasted no time to score into an empty net.
At the restart, PHU continued to dominate proceedings which paved the way for the second goal. Collins Amadi got his brace via a well-struck free-kick close to the edge of the box.
Ororo created goals-scoring chances that they failed to convert. Ebuka Nwachukwu was left unmarked in an acre of space to balloon his right-footed strike into the heavens. A clinical PHU added the third goal courtesy of Valentine Hamilton in the 65th minute.
Despite having a numerical disadvantage when Umoh Saviour was sent off in the 67th minute, Ororo still pulled a goal back ten minutes to full time off the boots of Stephen Mbachu. PHU were able to coast home victorious to continue their impressive form in the league.
Iyabo Moniywa of PHU said his plans for the game paid off.
“We tried to express our plans strategy and it paid off. We will go home and come back with a better performance.”
Owhunda Owhondogwu of Ororo bemoaned his players for the defeat.
“As a coach you do your work but when players refuses to do what you instructed them to do is either you draw or lose. They failed to do what I told them to do.”
The rescheduled game between Fidwax United and the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education Sealions ended in a 2-1 victory to Fidwax.
An early goal in the 8th minute by Kessy Peters gave Fidwax the opener. Kessy who was unmarked in the box sent a right-footed shot past the IAUE Sealions goalkeeper. Kessy had another opportunity to double the lead but was denied by Michael Gowon who tipped off his effort for a corner kick.
As soon as Fidwax got their noses in front, it was a football played in a very controlled manner with plenty of men getting behind the ball at every opportunity. They doubled their lead three minutes before the break. Kessy successfully rounded the goalkeeper before finding Desmond Agwulonu to slam into an empty net.
Fidwax superbly made it difficult for IAUE to penetrate in their box with great defending. IAUE reduced the deficit at the stroke of the 90th minute off a sublime finish by Fyneface Ibim. The goal wasn’t enough as Fidwax held on to run out victorious.
Promise Augustine of Fidwax said hard work gave his side the victory.
“It’s a good one and a tough game. When you work hard, you are sure of your victory.”