Vandrezzer FC opened their 2022 NNL second round account with a comfortable 2-0 win over visiting Giant Brillars on Friday afternoon. 

Goals from Samuel Edoho and  Issac Saviour ensured the Lions continued their dominance over the Enugu-based side, who have picked up only one point in all meetings between both sides.

How it happened

Coach Henry Makinwa fielded almost the same side that started against their opponents on Match day 11 in Enugu with Gideon, Fawaz and Bassey, replacing Elisha, Opara and Anas who is on duty with Nigeria’s U-20 football team (Flying Eagles). It was same for Giant Brillars who were also missing about two players from the last fixture on April 16. 

It was a cagey start to the game which kicked off about five minutes late, but later came alive after in the 15th minute when Gideon Monday swung in a cross that almost met Uwem Charles but for prompt clearance from the opponents’ defence.

Both sides kept up the pressure and the visitors pressed hardest until an opportunity in the 30th minute when an attacker was clear on goal but met the alertness of VFC goalkeeper Obinna Akuchie. The Lions got their own opportunity few minutes later when Samuel Edoho squared a pass to Uwem Charles who failed to beat the on rushing Brillars goalie Yusuf, who had to be attended to after the shot hit him. Obinna was called to duty again in the 42nd minute, delivering a classic save that might have earned him the Man of the Match  gong.

And then, at the stroke of half time, Uwem was brought down in the Brillars box while trying to utilize a pass from Gideon Monday. The result was a penalty awarded by referee Salaudeen Shefiu, with Edoho stepping up to send it to the top right corner of the post, far from the reach of Yusuf. The half ended two minutes after as VFC went into the locker room with the advantage.

The second half had VFC written all over it. The home side dominated and could have been about five goals up before the hour mark, if Gideon, Kabiru Popoola and Lekan Abdulsalam were able to beat the visiting goalkeeper in their respective one on ones. 

Eventually in 57th minute, the Lions’ were delivered by midfielder Isaac Saviour who pounced on a loose ball occassioned after a save by the Brillars goalkeeper, who had denied Gideon a sweet finish after a lovely solo run. The VFC number 10 fired a powerful close range shot into the top right corner of the post, to mark his 5th, and VFC’s 16th goal of the season

It went from bad to worse for the visitors as they had one of their attackers, Tunishe sent off in the 70th minute for a second bookable offense. Coach Henry Makinwa would later withdraw Kabiru, Uwem, Gideon and Lekan and introduce the quartet of Abasifreke, Elisha, Obisesan and Akra, but Giants Brillars were both resolute and lucky not to have conceded further until the final whistle. 

What It Means

VFC move up the 5th on the Group B1 table with five points behind the table toppers. The Lions also maintained their unbeaten run at home and start the second half of the season with a clean sheet.

What our gaffer said

“Great game, a lot of chances created. The boys are in top shape and we’ll replicate the same energy next week in Owerri.”

What next?

A trip to Owerri to face Campos FC on Saturday May 21, 2022.

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