Vandrezzer FC played out a 1-1 draw at home with Ibom Youths FC, in a Nigeria National League (NNL) Matchday 8 fixture on Friday afternoon, at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.
Savior Isaac gave VFC the lead early in the first half before the away side got the equalizer in the second half through Wisdom Ndon.
Coach Henry Makinwa made three changes to the side that started against J’Atete last weekend with Abasifreke Effiong, Etiti Solomon and Uwem Charles coming in place of Kabiru Popoola, David Edet and Gideon Monday who only found themselves on the bench.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Lions started like a house on fire with the first chance coming in the 4th minute. Uwem Charles was up against the defender and managed to beat his marker to a cross which was cleared out of the box, Saviour then had an opening on the rebound but shot wide.
Another opportunity came via a freekick after Olalekan Abdulsalam was fouled near the box, Oloye Felix decided to go for goal with a low shot which was saved by the goalkeeper.
The opening goal came in the 9th minute following a run of good play which allowed Lekan send a lovely pass to Saviour, and the midfielder calmly collected the ball on the half turn and nicely found the bottom left corner to put us ahead.
Ibom Youths had their first sight of goal with Mbuotidem Charles, he had a chance to test our goalkeeper but his effort was tamed and well saved by Obinna Akuchie.
Etiti created another avenue for Lekan after he dribbled past Victor Ifiok and Adrian on the left to set up the forward who controlled inside the box but shot wide off the target.
Shortly after, Saviour and Lekan linked up nicely - a beautiful flick by the midfielder to located Lekan on the left, and he once again dribbled pass Adrian to set up Uwem who shot tamely at the goalkeeper.
As the Lions continued to dominate just before half time, Etiti had a glorious chance to put us in front when Uwem found him inside the penalty, but his audacious attempt to chip the goalkeeper went over the bar and the chance went begging.
Anas Hassan was in the mix to test the goalkeeper before Ibom Youths had a chance on the other end of the pitch with a nice floated pass which was volleyed wide off target by Nsikak Moses.
The second half started with the away side putting us under early pressure, and won a freekick in our half, which full back Victor attempted to score from a distance with a weak strike that could not trouble Obinna in our goal.
Lekan again found space on the left to torment Adrian, he put in a good cross which Uwem could not connect to hit the target.
*Ibom Youths equalized in the 66th minute with a free kick on the left, was which floated in by Victor, and found Wisdom who nodded it past VFC goalie Obinna, to make the scores 1-1.*
With the momentum swung in their favour, the away side had another chance fall for Ndifreke John but his attempt went wide.
Oloye had a shot from outside the box and another fell for him with a freekick which he beautifully curled pass the wall, but could not beat the goalkeeper in the closing stages of the game.
“We gave a very good fight. In the first half we could have buried the game, we had about four/five chances they didn’t have one...but I’m happy with my boys because this is what we are working on to develop them and get them ready for multiple games and to get better” said VFC coach Henry Makinwa.
“We were told this match might not hold, we just came to the stadium to see if it was going to hold because there was a funeral here. Look at the cranes, they were very dangerous and if I was the match commisioner I wouldn’t have allowed the game to go on because of these cranes. But this is what we saw and had to adapt to it” the former Al Ahly forward added.
With 10 points from 8 matches, the Lions travel to face Ekiti United on Saturday March 3, 2022 at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium in Ekiti State.
Vandrezzer FC...Victorious Together!