Vandrezzer FC ended the first stanza of the Nigeria National League (NNL) with an unfortunate 1-3 loss to Dynamite FC at the Soccer Temple.
Victor Akra got the nod in attack ahead of Kolawole Daniel, goalkeeper Segun Alabi replaced the suspended Edwin Nwakamma as coach Alfred Madaki made five changes to the lineup that lost to 3SC last weekend.
The other changes saw Rasaq Noah, Nelson Michael and Michael Ipaye taking the spots of Christian Lolo, the suspended David Mark and Daniel Kolawole.
The opening few minutes of the game was interesting as both teams tried to control the tempo.
The opening goal came in the 17th minute after the referee showed no hesitation in pointing to the spot as Michael Ipaye's goal-bound strike was handled in the box.
Amos Okoro emphatically fired the spot-kick into the net as he sent Dynamite goalkeeper Udo Treasure the wrong way. The goal was Okoro's second goal of the season.
Moments after the opener, Felix Oloye’s classy lay-off teed up midfielder Rasaq Noah on the edge of the box, but his drive was well saved by the Dynamite goalkeeper.
Dynamite were also a threat on the counter but didn't really test our goalkeeper Segun Alabi.
The Lions of Naija looked to extend their lead after the restart as Coach Madaki introduced attackers Ivo Junior and Koalwole Daniel.
The substitutions didn't pay off as Dynamite FC got the equaliser against the run of play through Chukwuebuka Valentine. The attacker reacted fastest after the away team struck the post with a freekick.
The equaliser gave Dynamite more confidence as they got more men forward. Their persistence paid off as they extended their lead through Harrison Odumsor and Hadi Emmanuel.
After the goals, the away team stood strong and alert for every one of the remaining minutes as they won 3-1.
Okoro crowned his effort with the opener and was one of VFC's better outlets in the first half, while Uko produced a diligent performance despite suffering a knock in the first-half.
What it means
The result means VFC ended the first stanza of the Southern Conference B1 with their first home loss of the season.
It also means we dropped out of the top three with the loss.
VFC take a two-week mid-season break before returning for the second leg of the clash against Dynamite on April 24.
Segun Alabi (GK), Godwin Ekpo, Udom Ekerette, Samuel Edoho, Oloye Damilola, Rasaq Noah, Michael Nelson (Ivo Junior - 55'), Amos Okoro (Golden Udo-Inyang 75'), Anietie Uko, Michael Ipaye (Christian Lolo - 80'), Akra Victor, (Kolawole Daniel - 53)
Vandrezzer FC...won't walk that road without you!