A stirring first-half display and a fortuitous finish in the 17th minute from Nyima Nwagua saw Kano Pillars edge past Rivers United in an NPFL Matchday 6 fixture at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium Kaduna.
The host had the upper hand very early in the game and were inches away from taking the lead in the 7th minute when Auwalu Ali Malam header went off target from close range.
That was one of very few number of presentable chances that Pillars’ squandered, while Desmond Agbekpornu had the best of opportunities that came the way of Rivers United before the half time break.
The “Pride of Rivers” needed to regroup at half-time and they did, emerging with a determination that was not so evident in the first half.
It showed in their football. Suddenly it was Pillars on the back foot and, after 51 minutes Abbas Rabiu was shown a straight red card for deliberate ball handling ensuring the host finished the game with 10 men.
Rivers United at the end failed to make their numerical advantage count as Pillars were resolute at the back ensuring United suffered their second defeat of the ongoing season.
WHAT IT MEANS
Wednesday’s lose means Rivers United remain in second position on the NPFL table with 12 points from 6 matches.
Rivers United will be back in Nigeria Professional Football League action on Sunday with a home fixture against Adamawa United FC
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