We earned our first victory of the 2022 Nigeria National League in an emphatic fashion, crushing Osun United 4-2 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos on Friday, February 4, 2022.
Two goals from man of the match Samuel Edoho in either side of the half, a Bassey Odiong flick-in and a stoppage time strike from Oloye Felix, ensured the Lions came out tops in the six-goal thriller.
Coach Henry Makinwa, hungry for his first victory in the NNL this season made three changes to the side that started against Gateway United last week. Kingsley Akpan, Saheed Obisesan and Uwem Charles replaced Kabiru Popoola, Gideon Monday and Lekan Abdulsalam. There was also a spot for forward Somtochukwu Abraham who was not involved in Abeokuta.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Lions came out on the pitch very determined, and were rewarded with a spot-kick following Osun United goalkeeper Nurudeen Lateef’s challenge on attacker Solomon Etiti inside in penalty area. Nurudeen was awarded a yellow card, while stand-in captain Samuel Edoho stepped up and slotted the ball past the goalkeeper to open scoring for VFC in the 9th minute.
After few exchanges, Divine Israel leveled things up for the visitors in the 25th minute following a drive into the box, following a defensive mix-up. At this point, the rains had started pouring down hard at the Teslim Balogun stadium, but referee Conscience Ikponwosa decided to keep the game on. Winger Oloye Felix had a well taken free-kick that almost beat the Osun goalie, but the latter stretched at full level to keep it out. Both sides continued pressing under the showers, but it was VFC who got the second after center-back Bassey Odiong restored our lead in the 38th minute with a beautiful back-pass goal following a goal mouth scramble. The first half eventually ended with the champions of Lagos in front.
After early exchanges in the second half with the rains gradually subsiding, Osun United again found an equalizer in the 79th minute as Jeppy Emmanuel headed in from a corner kick.
Coach Makinwa who had already made two substitutions at this point - bringing in Popoola Kabiru for Saheed Obisesam, and Fawaz Otun replacing Kingsley Akpan, proceeded with a set of attacking substitutions in a bid to ensure the Lions grind out a win with less than ten minutes left of regulation time. Uwem Charles came off for Somtochukwu Abraham, while Etiti came off for Olalekan Abdulsalam. Just a couple of minutes after, the Lions had a corner kick which found the hand of an Osun defender, and the referee wasted no time to point towards the spot for another penalty. Edoho scored again from the spot, slotting the ball in the bottom right corner, to put us in front in the 84th minute.
The Lions kept the pressure on their opponents even with the game clocking 90 minutes, and were rewarded with another goal from Oloye Felix who dribbled his man and found the top left corner of the Osun post in the 92nd minute, to seal the victory for VFC and ensure we picked maximum points.
The win took the Lions into the top four of the Group B1 log, while awaiting results of other Week Four games to be decided on Saturday and Sunday.
Vandrezzer return to Ogun State in next midweek to face Abeokuta Stormers on Matchday 6.
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Vandrezzer FC...Victorious Together!