A total of 5 goals were scored on Day 2 of the 2022 Sheroes Cup, as the quest for honours continued in Abuja.
Edo Queens cruised past Naija Ratels 2-0 before Delta Queens put Nasarawa Amazons to the sword with a 1-0 victory.
The Old Parade Ground had very evenly balanced fixtures that were won by small margins as Royal Queens overcame Honey Badgers 1-0 while Confluence Queens also defeated Adamawa Queens 1-0.
Enjoy the wrap below….
Royal Queens 1-0 Honey Badgers
Royal Queens collected three more points to stay unbeaten thanks to a 1-0 victory over Honey Badgers.
But this was very much, as the old cliché goes, a game of two halves. Royal Queens utterly mastered the first half and really should have had more than the single goal they had to show for it.
Yet in a somewhat unexpected turn of affairs, it was Honey Badgers that were totally on top when the action resumed after the break, and Royal Queens breathed a huge sigh of relief when the final whistle blew.
The Warri based side took the lead on 39 minutes when central defender Uroko Valentina fired a thunderous effort to the net.
Naija Ratels 0-2 Edo Queens
Yetunde Fajobi scored two goals including a penalty to help Edo Queens register a 2-0 win over Naija Ratels.
The former Osun Babes forward expertly dispatched a 19th minute spot kick for the opener.
In the 55th minute, the attacker made it 2-0. She collected the ball before skipping past her marker all too easily and lobbed goalkeeper Doris Ohia.
Nasarawa Amazons 0-1 Delta Queens
Goalkeeper Anderline Mgbechi was excellent as Delta Queens pipped Nasarawa Amazons 1-0.
Chinaza Agboh settled the tight contest with the match winner but Delta Queens should be grateful to Mgbechi who put up a great show behind the sticks.
Adamawa Queens 0-1 Confluence Queens
Wasteful Confluence Queens was made to wait until 79th minute as a late goal from substitute Peter Martha saw them snatch a 1-0 win against hardworking Adamawa Queens.
Confluence Queens had peppered its opponent’s goal but were denied by a string of fantastic saves by Cynthia Akwasi and some wayward finishing.
What they said?
Honey Badgers Coach Felicia Anthony aka De Bull
“Lack of experience made us to lose two games but we are a championship side that’s building for the future.
“We will work on our mistakes and improve in the next game.”
Coach Moses Aduku of Edo Queens
“Winning is a joyful thing, but this is a preseason tournament and we are watching out for the players’ development.
“We came here to test every player, we came here with 32 players, so you can see today, we tested some players.”
Edo Queens forward Yetunde Fajobi
“Now I can say so because I’m happy with what I’m doing.”
“I’m happy, I’m calm and things are starting to show on the pitch.”
Naija Ratels coach Sabo Okala
“There’s no basis for disappointment, this is a preseason game and it’s to see the level of your preparation for the season proper.
“It’s good for us that we are having this opportunity to test our players.
“To some extent, we will proffer solution to this goal scoring problems.”
Delta Queens Coach Tosan Blankson
“It was a tough game and we gave it all and the girls played better than their last match maybe due to the fact that, they have rested well from the first.
“Preseason game or not, there’s a pride attached to it, so there have to be continuity in the team.”
Delta Queens goalkeeper Anderline Mgbechi
“I’m just thankful I was there today. So to help the team out today was great.
“It’s just one of those emotions where now we’ve set our bar so high, standards-wise of how we want to play. But the overriding emotion is elation because we got three points and a 1-0 win.”
Coach Oluwaseyi Olaoye of Nasarawa Amazons
“It’s a disappointment that we lost against Delta Queens, we had our chances in the first half but we couldn’t convert them.”
Coach of Confluence Queens, Israel Akata
“The game is a good match as they hope to use the preseason tournament to polish their team.