VFC lost valuable point in it's encounter against 3SC in NNL's Group B1 top-of-table tie on Easter Sunday.
The Lions played a crucial part of the game with 10 men, following the sending off of goalkeeper Emeka Nwakanma by the referee.
The early exchanges were neck to neck with both team trading tackles, however 3SC were able to grab a goal via Ayodeji Malomo's 13th-minute strike, a rebound from Gafar Olafimihan's first attempt which had been punched out by VFC goalkeeper Edwin Nwakama. Ten minutes later, the Lions had a beautiful chance to level through Amos Okoro but he missed it by a whisker.
VFC's backline vibrantly spearheaded by Ekerette Udom, Ekpo didn't relent in curbing the pressure from 3SC's attackers for the remaining part of the first half, in the highly competitive game.
VFC came into the second half going all out for goals with Kolawole Daniel narrowly missing a connecting cross from Amos Okoro's long-range pass.
Anietie Uko's finely positioned shot took the defence by surprise but was warded off by the 3SC goalkeeper as he again denied the Lions an equalizer about 15 mins into the second half.
Shortly after, VFC suffered a major setback and indeed their biggest blow of the game - as goalkeeper Edwin Nwakama was shown a straight red card. Amos Okoro had to be taken off for young goalkeeper Daniel Emmanuel, who earned an unexpected first cap for the Lions having transitioned into the first team from Vandrezzer's Academy earlier this season.
In a well calculated move, Coach Alfred Madaki made two more substitutions - captain Christopher Lolo and winger Golden Udo-Inyang,
came off for Midfielder Noah Razaq and defender Jamiu Suleiman. The players brought fresh energy into the Lions' game and did well to take the game to 3SC's half in hopes of getting an equalizer.
After a few impressive saves, VFC shot stopper Daniel would later concede at the dead of stoppage time, when Fatai Gbadamosi slotted into the far right corner of the post, after a pass narrowly glided through VFC defence.
The absence of the 11th man was evident in the team as the defenders had to creatively fill in roles in the midfield, and attack, as was the case of Ekerette Udom.
Despite the Lions playing with 10 men, the brilliant performance from the trio Ekerette Udom, Godwin Ekpo, and Jamiu Suleiman saw the VFC team shield the post from further attempts by the 3SC team.
What it means
Despite the loss, the Lions remain in second position on the log with 14 points from nine games.
VFC will end the first round of the NNL 2020/21 season with a home game against Dynamite Force, hoping to consolidate on the 100% home record this season.
VFC Line up
Edwin Nwakamma, Godwin Ekpo, Udom Ekerette, Samuel Edoho, Felix Oloye, David mark, Christopher Lolo (C), Anietie Uko, Amos Okoro, Golden Udo-Inyang, Kolawole Daniel
Emmanuel Daniel, Noah Rasaq, Ivo Junior, Jamiu Suleiman, Victor Akra, Kingsley Akpan, Pederson Ajong
3SC 2-0 VFC
Shots attempt 18-8
Shots On 9-4
Shots Off 9-4
Free kicks 19-15
Yellow Cards 2-1
Red Card 0-1
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