Goals from Michael Gopey and Ishaq Rafiu in either side of half time proved decisive as Rivers United cruised to a 2-0 win over a poor Katsina United side in the Nigeria Professional Football League.
Gopey’s fabulous strike in the fifth minute set the tone for a dominant and powerful first-half display from the hosts who could have added three more, at the very least, in a largely one-sided first half in which the visitors failed to muster a single shot on target on Sunday.
Gilt-edged opportunities came and went the way of United on two occasions, Gopey and Esor Nelson all failed to make the visitors pay.
United continued to dominate in the second half and it was only a matter of time before consistent pressure led to a second goal by the impressive Ishaq who finished off impressively in the 75th minute.
Esor Nelson picked up a second Yellow card with a little over nine minutes remaining to put a blur on an otherwise perfect day in the office for the hosts.
The dismissal meant, Obomate Frederick’s season’s debut (the midfielder was already on the touchline to replace the dismissed Esor) was halted.
The game ended 2-0 to Rivers United as Katsina are left to lick their wounds.
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