By Taye Hassan Adigun
Plateau United came late in the second half to maintain their top spot in the matchday 10 of the Nigeria Professional Football League game against Warri Wolves at the New Jos Stadium on Sunday, Uche Onwuasoanya 90 minutes low grounder secured the maximum for the Tin City-based team.
After a sloppy start by both teams, the game came to life late in the first half, Warri Wolves had a game plan ( Don’t concede early goals) and they execute it perfectly well.
Warri Wolves’ determination was ferocious. The Warri based team’s men flooded the space around the Plateau United attackers while they put their bodies on the line time and again, none more so than Onamado Goodluck, who made some colossal interventions.
Plateau United lacked invention in the first half. Oche Ochowechi took a marvellous touch on a high ball and prodded goalwards only for Warri Wolves goalkeeper Ocheayi Richard to clear off the line, while Abbar Umar saw Wolves’ Olalere Oluwasegun block a shot at close quarters. It was otherwise heavy going. Warri Wolves could point to a one-man break from Dikoo Mayor that was halted by a sliding challenge from Daniel Itodo.
Plateau United pushing with their fine lofty passes, Warri Wolves resisting. Abdul Maikaba replaces Buhari Ibrahim for Uche Owuasoanya to get hold of the midfield, there were long periods in the second half when Dele Ajiboye was the only player outside of Warri Wolves’ defensive third.
The margins were agonisingly fine. Daniel Itodo devilish throw-in was deflected inside the box by Charles Ukpele and away to safety by Egbeta Michael.
Not for the first time, Plateau United could be grateful to Isah Ndala ferocious shot was kept at bay by Warri Wolves Ocheanyi Richard in the 70 minutes, the visitors begin to pack the bus towards the end of the normal time, a missive in the defence was all Plateau United Uche Owuasonanya needed to smack in a low grounder past helpless Warri Wolves Ocheanyi Richard to give the league leaders a convincing lead in the 90th minutes.
With this result, Plateau United extended their lead with 21 points, Lobi Stars moves to second place with 18 points after beating Katsina United 1-0 in Makurdi, Dakkada FC drops to third with 16 points after losing to Akwa United 1-0 in their first-ever derby match in Uyo.