Plateau United Football Club on Sunday returned to winning ways by bouncing back from their first defeat of the season with a 2-0 victory against visiting Niger Tornadoes FC.
In the Match Day 9 fixture of the 2016/2017 Nigeria Professional Football League played at the Rwang Pam Stadium in Jos, the hosts overwhelmed the Minna-based visitors.
Plateau United who lost against Akwa United last Sunday to lose their unbeaten run came close to opening scores in the 20th minute through a well taken free-kick.
But Golbe Elisha’s effort hit the woodwork, while Anayo Ogbonna’s 25th minute shot from outside the penalty area was pushed over the bar by Tornadoes goalkeeper Mustapha Aliko.
Tornadoes’ chance to rattle the hosts came in the 35th minute from a counter-attack, when Plateau United’s goalkeeper was beaten before defender Daniel Itodo cleared away from the goalline.
Goalkeeper Mustapha Aliko was again at his best to deny Elisha from scoring from a free-kick.
But Plateau United took the lead in the last minute of the first half when Kabir Umar scored through a header.
The prevailing hosts verged on scoring their second of the day after the restart, yet Aliko punched ball away before Bolaji Adeyemo cleaned up from peril.
In any case, the home side multiplied the lead in the 50th moment when Philip Azango spilled past two guards before opening the ball into the net.
Kennedy Boboye, Plateau United’s Chief Coach, told newsmen after the match that the club would work harder for all the more away indicates accomplish their objective of securing a mainland ticket.
He stated: “We should strive to go outside and get focuses and abstain from dropping focuses at home to empower us challenge for the title and a mainland ticket.”
Boboye lauded his players for putting in their best to win the three focuses which took their aggregate focuses pull so far to 20 after nine NPFL matches.
In any case, Niger Tornadoes’ Coach Bala Abubakar, while talking on the match, was not happy with the amusement’s administering.
Abubakar said it has undermined the endeavors of the League Management Company to help in enhancing Nigerian football.
Abubakar stated: “Level United was helped by the match authorities through poor directing. They talented them their first objective. It was scored from an offside position.”