Kwara United enliven campaign with win over profligate Katsina United
By Tola Badekale
You can not win a game without scoring. Katsina United learnt that fact the hard way in Ilorin when they lost 1-2 to Kwara United on Matchday 8. But for their profligacy in front of goal, they should have comfortably gone into the break in the lead.
Instead, the game turned on its head in favour of Kwara United who were otherwise poor in the first half.
Godwin Emeka, controlled with ease, despite pressure from two markers before toe-poking into the top corner for the first goal in the 49th minute.
The second arrived on the hour mark when Stephen Alfred headed in powerfully from a free kick.
Katsina United pulled one back with six minutes to go to ensure a nervy end to the game but Usule Martins merely made up for his misses earlier in the contest.
He should have had a goal in the 19th minute but for a fantastic save by Chidiebere Eze who parried his low shot. That was after he had gone narrowly wide after getting into a good area from a long pass.
Katsina United’s poor efforts in front of goal had started as early as the 5th minute when Destiny Ashadi danced his way into the box but delayed too long in pulling the trigger to allow a good last ditch tackle thwart the chance.
His teammate, Chinedu Ajanah followed that up with a header that went very close.
Kwara United’s initial response was tame at best. The loud groans that followed Godwin shooting a free kick way over the bar underscored the frustrations of the home fans midway into the first half.
They were poor with passes from defence and their opponents did nothing to punish them despite frequent interceptions.
Godwin’s early goal at the restart helped settle nerves, but conceding the second did not deter Katsina United from pushing men forward.
Their efforts were rewarded with Usule’s goal and it could have been worse for Kwara United had the referee chosen to award a penalty instead of a corner kick for a clear handball late in the game.
Kwara United 2-1 Katsina United
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SHOTS OFF: 3-7
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