By James Agberebi:
MFM FC missed the possibility to shut the hole on leaders Plateau United to simply two factors following their 1-Zero defeat to 10-man Rivers United in a rescheduled Nigeria Skilled Soccer League matchday 28 recreation on the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt on Wednesday.
The one objective of the sport was scored by Christian Weli within the 30th minute.
Regardless of the defeat, MFM are nonetheless second within the league desk on 46 factors, 5 factors adrift of Plateau United.
For Rivers United, who not too long ago crashed out in spherical 16 group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup, the win strikes them from 18th to 14th on 36 factors on the log.
Rivers United had the possibility to take the lead within the fifth minute however Bernard Ovoke's penalty was saved by Folarin Abayomi.
Within the 16th minute, Man Keumian went shut for Rivers United solely to see his cheeky try go simply over the bar.
MFM virtually took a shock lead on 21 minutes however high scorer Stephen Odey who was unmarked contained in the field couldn’t beat Rivers United keeper Femi Thomas with a header.
Rivers United finally broke the impasse within the 30th minute via Weli who completed off from shut vary from an help by Lukman Mohammed.
Within the second minute of the second half, MFM's Adekunle Adegboyega tried a shot from exterior the field however his effort hit the aspect web.
Three minutes later, Odey struck a nicely taken free-kick however his goal-bound effort was blocked by Rivers United's defenders.
Rivers United responded to MFM's early onslaught and virtually doubled their lead within the 52nd minute Ovoke couldn’t rating with a glancing header.
MFM continued to create possibilities and had been virtually rewarded within the 66th minute however Sikiru Olatunbosun's shot went simply over the bar.
Weli virtually doubled Rivers' lead within the 72nd minute however badly miscued his shot from the sting of MFM's field.
Within the 87th minute, Rivers United had been lowered to 10 males as defender Gabriel Olalekan was proven a second yellow card.
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