FC Robo Queens put up a dominant display on the road on match day 6 in the ongoing 2016/2017 Nigerian Women Premier League to hold Heartland Queens on their home soil to a 1-1 draw.
The Mushin based side started on a relatively slow note as they had the texture of the pitch to fight against in the early minutes of the match which gave the home side a better advantage over them from start.
The introduction of Falese Omobola to the starting line up from the attack made it a huge task for the team to cope with as the lad was found missing in contribution to the teams effort at the beginning.
With everything working in favour of the home side, they came close to finding the back of the net in the 7th minutes when an Onah Oluchi effort found the upright bar who positioned excellently to receive a long range ball from Ebere Okechukwu in the mid field.
Debutant Raji Islamiat found it quite difficult to handle pressure from the experienced Eunice Ujunwa whose brilliance got her into the referees book after a hard tackle to give away a free kick at the edge of the box which was well taken by Prudent Ugoh to put the home side in front in the 22nd minutes.
Quick response came to FC Robo Queens in the 29th minutes when Chidinma Okeke came in to replace Folajobi Olabiyi. The strong and energetic striker created lots of threat’s to the defence of Heartland Queens on several attempts thereby waking the Osahon Queens to the reality of the game.
Ndubisi Esther nearly put the visitors on level terms in the 43rd minutes by raising tall to head a Fehintola Mabokanje’s free kick but went an inch away from goal. The first half of the encounter ended 1- 0 in favour of the host owning to Prudent’s effort.
Building on good displays at the death of the first half, FC Robo Queens resumed the second half from the blast of the whistle by caging their host in their own half. The mystery behind Falese Omobola playing in the front began to unfold with good moves to beat her marker thereby making the hope for an equalizer more visible.
Good clearance from Oke Maria found Omobola on the flank who unleashed a curler into the danger zone of Heartland Queens to trouble the defence forcing Anaele Chidinma to make a poor clearance and gave prolific Rasheedat Ajibade the opportunity to slot in the equalizer in the 49th minutes.
The atmosphere changed completely after Ajibade’s goal as the host were forced to play with fear giving FC Robo the determination to search for the second.
The partnership efforts of Omosuyi Ayowunmi and Ndubisi Esther became more rigid for Heartland Queens to breakdown as the duo controlled and returned all balls up front to give Chidinma Okeke and substitute Vera Isaac who came in for Raji Islamiat more chances to run at the opponent’s defence but failed to find the finishing touches on every occasion.
Heartland Queens came back again into the game at the tail end of the match but were kept at bay on every occasions to keep the scoreline unchanged.
After 3 minute of play from the additional time, the match ended with both teams scoring a single goal and a point to both side.
With the result against Heartland Queens, FC Robo earns 2 points from the all 3 away matches from home so far in the season after a 1-1 display on match day 1 in Umuahia and a 0-3 defeat to Rivers Angels on match day 4 in Port Harcourt with a total of 8 points so far in the season.