Jigawa Golden Stars manager Ibrahim Rabiu Tata said it was important his side gave a good account of themselves despite losing Ahlan Cup 2019 semi-final game to Nasarawa United. The giant killers were in the front foot in the early minute of the encounter, Kingsley Innocent stole the ball off a Nasarawa defender, Danlami Umar quickly clutches his shot to the grass.
The solid miners quickly respond in the 6th minute of the high tempo game, Usman Omede of Nasarawa forces his way into the heart of the giant-killers defence but a last-ditch tackle clears the ball for a corner kick. Nasarawa takes it but Abubakar’s header goes wide. But despite Nasarawa United threat from both wings for most of the first half, Jigawa Golden Stars find the back of the net in the 16th minute, Pascal Eke and Ali Mark punished Nasarawa United with well-constructed paving the way to Maro to smacked in a shot past Danlami Umar on the firing line.
A minute later Nasarawa United responded with a beautiful goal to level the scoreline, Godfrey West flicked in a cross towards the byline and Abubakar Lawal bravely attacks it and lashed it past Jigawa Golden Stars goalkeeper to make 1-1.
Late in the second half, homeboy Kingsley Innocent was a threat to the solid miner’s defence. The Lafia born attackers beat three men but are stop in his tracks by some brilliant defending by Jide Williams.
The highly soaked game went straight to a penalty after normal regulation time, both teams both goalkeepers were at their best, Nasarawa United was the hero of the day-saving Jigawa Golden Stars two penalties to give his side the final ticket, ending the game 2-1 in favour of the solid miners
‘First of all congratulations to Nasarawa United, as they won. After the game, you have to respect the result,’ said Tata. ‘We deserved to be in the final, we showed this evening. ‘We’re proud to have given Nasarawa United a real game this evening,’ he said. ‘We played well but it wasn’t meant to be.’
Rarara FC and Jigawa Golden Stars will battle for the Bronze title while Nasarawa Utd and El-kanemi Warriors will fight to win the title and dethrone Kano Pillars dominance.