Rivers United thrash Warri Wolves

Ugochukwu Iwuchukwu

Rivers United thrashed Warri Wolves three-nil to maintain their second position in the Nigeria Professional Football League NPFL table.

Malachi Ohawume scored twice in matchday 25 game played at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Elekahia.

Ohawume scored the first goal in the 37th minute of the game as he drove into the Wolves box with fearsome pace before sending Ameh the wrong way with a cool finish.

In the 73rd minute, United got their second goal of the evening and it came off the boots of an unlikely hero, Kunle Odunlami who prodded home from close range for his first goal of the season.

Wolves, predictably, stepped on the accelerator in a bid to hurl themselves back into the contest and almost did so with six minutes remaining.

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Ohawume then completed his brace and seventh league goal of the season with a simple finish in the final minute of additional time to give United their most comprehensive win of the season so far.

Eguma was pleased with the performance and was understandably full of adulation for his team.

“When we started, the game was a bit difficult because Warri Wolves played compact football but we tried to open them from the flanks and that created the spaces in the middle which we capitalized on.

“I commend my boys for such an impressive performance,” Eguma said

The Wolves trainer, Evans Ogenyi was also full of praise to Rivers United players.

He said his team lost because the Port Harcourt based club took their chances.

“I say congratulations to them. We never envisaged it but congratulations to Rivers United because today, they took their chances,” he said.

Rivers United stay in second place with 45 points from 25 matches.