Alex Oyowah Shines As Abia Comets Succumb To Bayelsa United Firepower In Yenagoa
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By Ebube Dike
Alex Oyowah goal in each half gave Bayelsa United a 2-1 victory over visitors Abia Comets of Umuahia in a match day six tie decided at the Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa.
Experienced technical adviser Diepreye Teibowei made four changes from team starting eleven that lost 2-1 to Apex Krane Fc at Ogwashi-Ukwu last Wednesday with Osagie Onisodumeya getting his first start of the season in place of John Shaibu.
Lanky midfielder Alex Oyowah gave the Prosperity Boys the lead on 41 minute from Emmanuel Ambakederemor header having failed to take the lead on 20 minute from Robert Mizo’s close range effort.
However the visitors could have drawn the first blood 7 minute into the game when Zikala Tobin blocked Michael Solomon ball not to go pass the the host goal line.
The visitors on 68 minute missed an opportunity of restoring parity from a one on one situation with Bayelsa United goalkeeper Osagie Onisodumeya as he intelligently clear the ball off his danger zone.
Three minutes later man of the moment Alex Oyowah double the scoreline for the Prosperity Boys from Zikala Tobin corner kick to put smile on the faces of the jubilant crown at the Samson Siasia Stadium.
When it seems Bayelsa United were going to get their clean sheet of the season Abia Comets Chinedu Nwankpa pulled one back for the visitors on 89 minute.
Bayelsa United will next travel to face Ogbomosho face Crown this weekend while Abia Comets will be at home to Calabar Rovers at the Umuahia township stadium.
In a post match interview, Technical Adviser of Bayelsa United, Diepreye Teibowei said his side looks better compare to the previous games, pointing out that the team would improve as the league progresses.
Head of Coach Abia Comets, Bethel Oriji noted that his team gave their best despite the defeat describing Bayelsa United as a good side with history.
Also, man of the match, Alex Oyowah commended his teammates for their commitment throughout the game, stating the team would improve in substituent games.
He expressed optimism that the team would pick away points before the end of the first round an as well pick a playoff ticket for the Nigeria Professional Football League.