Vandrezzer FC put up an eye-catching display as we returned to winning ways in the Nigeria National League (NNL), with a three nil victory against Adoration FC at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos on Friday night.
A wonder goal from the centre circle by Saviour Isaac early in the first half set the tone for a dominant performance, before captain Samuel Edoho continued his impressive scoring run from the spot in the second half , and substitute Olalekan Abdulsalam completed the rout two minutes to stoppage time to hand us a perfect evening.
Coach Henry Makinwa made changes to the side that travelled to Abeokuta on Wednesday, with forward Somtochukwu Abraham making a start. Owolabi Ibrahim and Bassey Odiong kept their places at the heart of the defense and Uwem Charles also survived the changes.
Goalkeeper Obinna Akuchie returned to the starting XI as did Saviour Isaac, Samuel Edoho, Anas Hassan and Solomon Etiti.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Lions started the game brightly and were rewarded in the 8th minute with a goal that will be in contention for the Puskas Award at the end of 2022. Scored by the mercurial Saviour Isaac to beat the goalkeeper from 40 yards out.
Saviour received a headed pass from Anas Hassan on the centre circle, majestically controlled and saw the Adoration goalkeeper off his line and decided to have a go from 40 yards to put VFC ahead. The technique and precision at which he took the shot, giving the keeper no chance to make a save, is certainly out of this world.
The Lions continued to dominate, on and off the ball. Felix Oloye had an attempt with a freekick from the right which was beautifully curled pass the defensive wall but slightly hit the side net.
Winger Solomon Etiti who was causing havoc all evening thought he had extended our lead in the 30th minute but it was marginally ruled out for offside by the flag of the assistant referee.
The Lions continue to exert their authority with Uwem Charles almost opening his account for the Lions after Etiti pressed the defender to lose the ball which presented the chance for Uwem in the 33rd minute. Four minutes later, Somtochukwu Abraham attempted an audacious effort from 30 yards, trying to emulate Saviour but could not hit the target.
The chances kept coming, this time to Somtochukwu again in the 40th minute when Etiti robbed the defender of the ball in the left side of their penalty area, made a darting run inside the box to find the striker who's first-time shot was saved by the goalkeeper.
Obinna Akutchie was a having a holiday in goal all evening but was alert when Adoration FC had their first sight of goal in the 43rd minute to push the looping shot out for a corner kick.
VFC returned in the second half smartly controlling the game, Saviour who was orchestrating things from midfield saw a chance in the 52nd minute and decided to have another crack at goal, but this time, the keeper was on hand push it out for a corner kick.
Adoration's Divine Nwachukwu had a rare chance on the break and well taken shot hit the crossbar.
VFC were awarded a penalty after the visitors took out Oloye in the box. Samuel stepped up and sends the goalkeeper the wrong way, finding the bottom right corner of the net to take the game beyond our visitors.
Substitute Lekan scored in a second consecutive game in the 88th minute to make it 3-0. Fellow substitute Gideon Monday powerfully dribbled past Adoration's defense into the box, found Lekan on the edge of the penalty area whose first touch took out two defenders to score with his left foot.
Adoration had a chance to dent the Lion's perfect night in the 90th minute but could not hit the target before Lekan had another chance on the break in the last minute of additional time, but was well tackled out for a corner kick.
“The lads have done well, performed well in the midfield and attack. We are one of the few teams that have scored lots of goals in the league. We are happy, the boys are interpreting the concept. Overall, it was a top performance from the boys and great to seal it with a win. All focus on the next game” said an excited coach Henry Makinwa.
VFC will travel to Delta State to face J'Atete on Saturday, March 19, 2020 at 16:00 GMT +1.
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