The Nigerian Women Football League (NWFL) match-day four between Bayelsa Queens and Confluence Queens at the Samson Siasia Stadium in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, lived up to its billing as an encounter with the trapping of a top class.The Lokoja-based side were quickest to settle of the teams as they carved open their opponent, particularly in the middle of the field with intricate sleek passes. It was no surprise when Nkechi Agam scored the curtain raiser in the tenth minute of a slack defending from the defenders of Bayelsa Queens.The goal was the catalyst the Gloryland girls needed to wake up from their slumber as the introduction of Anjor Mary for Charity Rueben quickly paid off when skipper Joy Jerry lashed onto a cross to level parity in the 43rd minutes.The equalizer for Bayelsa Queens turned on the heat for the visitors when the goalkeeper for Confluence Queens handled the ball of the foot of Anjor Mary outside the box in added minutes of the first half to get the red card.The second half saw a more determined Bayelsa Queens using the numerical advantage to pin their opponent to their half of the field which resulted in the hacking down of playermaker Anjor Mary in the 63rd minutes for a penalty which she converted to send the crowd into rapturous jubilation.
Technical Adviser of Confluence Queens, Whyte Ogonda, was full of praise to his girls for putting up a hard fight and stretching a more experienced team. But he stated that the red card really affected them in the second half.
On his part, Moses Aduku, coach of Bayelsa Queens stated that his team was still a work in progress and bemoaned the wasted chances.He, however, thanked God for giving them the three points which keep them at the summit of the league table.
Meanwhile, the management of Bayelsa Queens Football Club has compiled with the directive of the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) for all teams participating in the 2020/21 season to carry out another round of Covid-19 test to ascertain the status of the players before the match day six.
The test was conducted at the Bayelsa State Molecular Laboratory and Diagnostic Centre located at the Medical University with all the players and officials of the club in attendance. The management thereafter instructed the players to always adhere to all Covid-19 preventive measures and keep themselves safe at all times with the reported second wave of pandemic in the world.
However, the team has intensified preparation ahead of the next match day 5 against Delta Queens in Agbor.