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#MainlandSports: MFM FC extends unbeaten home run with victory over FC Ifeanyi Ubah

Lagos based football side, Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries FC extended its unbeaten home run to 25 games with a 2-1 triumph over visiting side, FC Ifeanyi Ubah in Matchday 4 encounter of the ongoing 2018 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

The thrilling game played yesterday, Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at the Soccer Temple, Agege Stadium, Agege, Lagos Mainland, started on a remarkable note for the Olukoya Boys as they dominated the first 10 minutes of the exchange with great football artistry.

In a bid to curtail the rampaging MFM FC players, Ekene Awazie of Fc Ifeanyi Ubah was booked for a foul on diminutive player, Olatunbosun Sikiru. The moment gave the hosts the first free kick of the game after 5 minutes of play but Okorom Stanley’s effort from the free kick went inches wide.

One of the newly recruited players, Akila Jesse who was a delight to watch in that encounter announced himself on 15 minutes when he netted the first goal of the match after receiving a pass from Tchato Giscard.

Five minutes after his first NPFL goal for MFM FC, Akila located Olatunbosun with a pass after a fine counterattacking move but the winger couldn’t hit the target.

The visitors rallied themselves by growing into the game and put together few passes as they mounted pressure on MFM FC defence.

In the 30th minute of the tie, silky player, Seka Pascal received a lovely pass from a teammate, Ekene Awazie to slot home pass MFM FC’s goalkeeper, Folarin Abayomi.

Thereafter, MFM FC regained the lead in the 42nd minute through Sikiru Olatunbosun’s effort after a sloppy defending by the Anambra Warriors. The first 45 minutes ended with the Lagos-based team maintaining a 2-1 lead.

The second 45 minutes resumed with MFM FC searching for another goal to seal up the game. FCIU on the hand pushed forward hoping to get an equalizer but their attempts yielded no goal.

MFM FC made the first substitution of the game in the 52nd minute. Onuwa Chukwuka was introduced for Akuneto Chijioke. The petite midfielder made a lot of impact in the game controlling the midfield with excellent display.

The Olukoya Boys created four clear-cut chances in the second half but couldn’t convert them into goals. Akila had chances on two occasions in the 57th and 64th minutes to score the third goal for MFM FC but the rookie attacker failed to make his effort count in front of goal.

FC Ifeanyi Ubah goalkeeper, Baba Drissa pulled a big save in the 68th minute to keep the scoreline intact when he denied Adebayo Waheed attempt on goal. The 72nd minute of the interesting encounter presented an opportunity for the Nnewi-based side to draw level when Farouq teed Seka but MFM FC’s goalkeeper Folarin Abayomi pulled off a finger tip save to deny the Ivorian.

The thrilling match ended in a 2-1 win for MFM FC as the Olukoya Boys remained unbeaten at the Soccer Temple, Agege, with 21 wins and four draws in 25 games.

The team has now moved from the 17th spot on the NPFL table to 13th position with six points from four league matches.

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