The Second round of the ongoing 2016/2017 NPFL U-15 Promises kicked off on Tuesday in Lagos with the Young Warriors of FC Ifeanyi Ubah taking on Katsina United Teens in the second match on Tuesday morning at Agege Stadium Lagos.
FC Ifeanyi Ubah started the game on a very bright note as star kid Nwafuru Arinze initiated the first real attempt on goal in the early stages but his effort wasn’t converted to a goal. Their were couple of chances created in the early exchanges but a series of poor finishing kept the scoreline at bay. It was a cagey affair as chances were few and far fetched with the first half ending scoreless.
The Second half of the game started a bit on a similar note but with a sense of urgency shown by both sides who came out to attack to try and get the curtain raiser. It was Katsina United who scored first as the team took advantage of an unsettled FC Ifeanyi Ubah defense to score in the 32nd minute from a counter attack after Bello Babatunde failed to get to a pass from skipper Nansel Bussa which resulted in a quick break with a one and one situation as the goalkeeper was left handicapped as the ball sailed into the net. The Katsina boys doubled their lead 8 minutes after to all but sealed the win in the encounter.
The Young Warriors were to pull one back which served as consolation as Arinze Nwafuru was brought down some 25 yards out with setpiece specialist Bello Babatunde on hand to dispatch the resulting freekick beyond the reach of the goalkeeper. The Katsina teens sat back defending stoutly as they frustrated all FCIU attacking moves in the closing stages aimed at bringing the game to parity to no avail as the referee brought the game to a close
Reacting to the result, Coach Pekos said the team will regroup and come back strongly for the second game.
“We thank God that we were able to spot out talented young players prior to this moment. Today we lost to Katsina United despite playing well. We will go back to the drawing board and prepare well for our next game against Shooting Stars,” Coach Sunny Pekos said.