Delta Queens made certain they didn’t require any favours from Rivers Angels in getting to the final by finishing the job in 90 minutes, drawing 2-2 against Nasarawa Amazons. The Kwale ladies coming into this game needed at least a point to ensure they book a place in the final alongside Nasarawa Amazons who had already booked their place in the final courtesy of victories in their opening first two games.
And as expected they came out the hungrier of both teams and had the first real chance of the game in the second minute when captain of the side Joy Jegede forced Nwankwo into making a save. They continued to press and create chances in the early stages of the game to torment the defence of the Lafia ladies but couldn’t get that goal to show for their efforts.
As the game progressed the Lafia ladies who so far in this tournament have been slow starters started to grow in confidence and got the first goal of the game in the 38th minute through Kafayat Ajani. If Coach Clifford was wondering what happened to his ever steady defence prior to that goal he was left perplexed by the defending that lead to the second goal.
The second goal came four minutes after the first goal and this time it was Christy Ucheibe who did the damage by finishing off a swift counter move by the Lafia ladies. It was looking like game done and dusted but all that changed in the last minute of first half when Joy Jegede got a goal back for the Kwale ladies from a direct free kick and this turned out to be the last kick of the half.
In the second half the excitement and end to end stuff started as Delta Queens came out all fired up ready to get the equaliser while Nasarawa Amazons stood firm in defence and resorted to playing on the counterattack. Both goalkeepers were called upon at different times during the match to make awesome saves for their various teams.
And just when it was looking like Delta Queens might have to wait for the result between Rivers Angel and Baylesa Queens to know their fate, they got their equaliser in the 71st minute when Ukwuoma Ogechi touched in Joy Jegede’s cross to send fans into ecstasy.
Both teams would now slug it out in the final for the cup and price money of #3,000,000 on Friday (13-10-2017) at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium Benin City, Edo State.