FC Yarmalight, Gombe scored two goals in the space of 10 minutes in the first match of Nigeria Nationwide League one playoff as they came from behind to beat FC Solid of Jos 2-1 on Tuesday in a dramatic encounter at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi.
FC Solid stunned FC Yarmalight in the FC Solid forward scored in the 24th minute due to defence mixed up from close range inside the box as the FC Yarmalight missed some couple of chances in the first opening of the match.
FC Yarmalight continues to dominate the play despite the goal deficit, Abubakar Musa almost levelled up in the 30 minutes when he controlled Auwallu’s cross from the left flank to blast it over the bar.
Late in the first half of the encounter, Abubakar Musa missed another glorious chance to level score, but his effort went across the face of the goal, giving FC Solid goalkeeper to comfortably tip his lower powerful shot to the corner.
In the second half, FC Yarmalight manager quickly made some changes to bolster the attack, Emmanuel Chimezie came in for Mohammed Murtala to add more bite to the attack and five minutes later Sadeeq Muahmmed MB substituted Abubakar Musa as both youngsters quickly made an impact, Sadeeq Muhammed beat the offside trap to lash in a powerful on the edge of the box to the side net.
Yarmalight produced a scintillating performance in the first half-display with dominating the entire proceedings, took until 69th minute when Auwallu curled in Ali Nadani through ball 300 yards to the goal area, making FC Solid dive helplessly to muster a shot to level the scoreline.
They should have added a second goal shortly afterwards when Emmanuel Chimezie outrun his marker but his right-footed shot was too predictable and FC Solid goalkeeper did well to save it.
The pressure was starting to show, however, as FC Solid struggled to keep possession and there was an air of inevitability about the finale.
An FC Yarmalight quick counter-attack was played by Ali Nadani to Sadeeq Muhammed who sent over an inswinging cross and Yayaji Gidado comfortably tap it in past FC Solid goalkeeper to make it 2-1 for the Gombe based team.
Eleven minutes later, Sadeeq Muhammed swung over another cross and this time Emmanuel Chimezie met it and hammered it wide off of the post, but the first three points is already in the bag as they face the Kano Pillars youth team in their second group match on Thursday at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium by 4:00 pm.