NWPL WK 9 – Sunshine Queens swim past Pelican Stars, maintain lead on the log
By Femi Atolagbe
Goals from Tina Oyatelemi and Tosin Dimehin in the 72nd and 87th minute were what made the difference between Sunshine Queens and their opponent Pelican Stars of Calabar in an entertaining match decided at the Ondo state Sports complex , in Akure the Ondo State capital .
Tina headed home a beautiful cross from the left wing ,which gave her team the lead after a beautiful team work from Sunshine Queens .
Substituted Tosin made it two for the queens when she tapped in her first goal of the season from a beautiful assist from her team mate, in the midst of two defenders
The home team showed superiority over their opponent with effortless artistry .
Though the visitor showed some brilliancy in the attack in the early minutes of the first forty five minutes but were perfectly marked out by sunshine queens defence marshalled by Opeyemi Aiyeniberu.
The Pelican stopper was at her best with some brilliant saves from home team’s efforts in both halves .
While the cool ,calm Sunshine Queens goal tender was tested once but she displayed her brilliancy by parring the thunderous outside shot over the bar in the 50th minute.
Sunshine Queens head coach Wemimo Matthew, who had a chat with newsmen after the match described the victory as well deserved though praised the courage of the visitors.
” I knew the goals would arrive, it was a sweet victory for us, but I must commend the efforts of the visitors too, they gave us a good fight, but the better side won”
The match ended in 2-0 in favour of the home team .
With the win , Sunshine Queens maintain her lead on the group B table of the abridged league with 20 points from nine matches , Nasarawa Amazons are second with 18 points with same matches played, while Pelican Stars remain in the bottom of the log.
Sunshine Queens next league match is against Jokodolu babes of Ogbomosho away from home. Meanwhile the team will slog it out with Nasarawa Amazons and Bayelsa Queens Fc in the Aiteo cup scheduled for ijebu- ode in four days time.