NPFL: Rivers United two better than MFM FC
NPFL: Rivers United two better than MFM FC
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NPFL: Rivers United two better than MFM FC

Rivers United beat Lagos side MFM FC 2-0 on matchday 12 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

Ossy Martins and Esor Nelson were the goal-scoring heroes on Sunday night for United who now move up to third on standings having started the day in fourth.

Media Officer of United, Sammy Wejinya said technical manager of United, Stanley Eguma handed recalls to Bakary Bamba, Kunle Odunlami and captain Festus Austine who all missed the club's last game - the 2-0 win over Adamawa United in Gombe a week ago.

United settled faster but it was the visitors who had the first real opportunity to open the scoring.

Oriyomi Lawal sprang the offside trap but saw his half-chance from the edge of the box easily saved by the United goalkeeper, Darlington Ovunda, who has now kept clean sheets in his last two games.

United took the lead when Martins rose unchallenged to head home Ihunda's precise free-kick just before the half-hour.

The visitors were reeling at this point and the home side twice came close to doubling their money in a frenzied 90-second period after they netted the opener.

United maintained the pressure in the second half and almost scored straight from the restart with some intricate passing releasing Martins who disappointingly shot straight at the keeper from point-blank range.

It was a premonition the visitors failed to heed as the hosts scored from their next attack.

More quick tempo passing again carved open the MFM defence with Esor coming face to face with Folarin.

The United man did not panic as he calmly picked his spot, sending the keeper the wrong way and the home fans into fits of wild celebration.

Gopey should have made it 3-0 in the 61st minute but he shot wide from four yards when faced with a gaping goal.

United bossed the rest of the contest but there was to be no more scoring as the game finished 2-0 in favour of the richly deserving hosts.

Rivers United now occupies the third spot on the NPFL standings with 21 points from 12 games.

They will face Nasarawa United in their next league game on Wednesday, January 8 at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt by 4 pm.

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