The hosts and West Itam Secondary School, Uyo have picked the two available tickets from Enugu centre for the national playoffs in Lagos
AKWA IBOM 3-3 BAYELSA
West Itam Secondary School, Akwa Ibom topped Group A of the Etisalat U15 School Cup Region 3 playoffs after winning two matches and drawing one. They finished with seven points from three matches.
The Akwa Ibom representatives were however made to sweat before sealing their berth in Lagos where they will vie for the Etisalat U15 School Cup trophy alongside other teams that emerged from other zones. The Uyo side had to comeback from two goals down at the St Patrick College, Emene on Thursday.
Bayelsa’s St Charles Borromie Minor Seminary who had come into Thursday’s tie in search of their first win of the competition raced into a two goal lead in the 3rd and 16th minutes through Pere Ebiwari and Joel Christian but West Itam didn’t allow their foes’ two goal cushion demoralize them and they were rewarded in the 21st and 31st minutes when they got back through Umana William and Ekemiri Okon.
The result was enough to confirm Akwa Ibom’s place at the national playoffs as they garnered seven points from three matches while Bayelsa who had lost their initial first two matches in the competition recorded their first point of the campaign to end the playoffs in fourth spot with a point from three matches.
ABIA 0-0 RIVERS
With the decision to play the Akwa Ibom – Bayelsa tie first, the second game of the day lacked the urgency and vibe of a football match after the group’s sole ticket had been taken by West Itam Secondary School, Akwa Ibom. Both sides couldn’t bring out the best in them and were not after getting a crucial win that would have taken them to a higher place on the log.
It was not as interesting as the group decider between Bayelsa and Akwa Ibom and it was no surprise the players were playing to mark time and they were relieved when the referee signaled the end of the match with scores goalless.
ENUGU 8-0 EBONYI
New Layout Secondary School, Enugu qualified for the Etisalat U15 School Cup national playoffs in Lagos after the team confirmed their place with a victory over hapless Holy Ghost Secondary School, Ebonyi on Thursday at the St Patrick College, Emene.
The Enugu side have thus scored 17 goals in their last two matches after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Imo’s Owerri City College on Tuesday and just like they did on Wednesday when they thrashed St John’s Science and Technical College, Anambra 9-0, the hosts were in superb command on Thursday in their 8-0 annihilation of the Ebonyi representatives.
Divine Nwachulwu opened the goals account in the third minute for the Enugu side before Gift Williams got the second goal two minute later. Lawson Ezeoke and Williams again extended Enugu’s lead in the 15th and 21st minutes before Yusuf Yisa registered his name on the score sheet also in the 28th minute. There was still enough time for the host to wreak more havoc on their Ebonyi counterparts when Williams added a brace in the 30th and 35th minutes to make it a total of four goals in the match. Nwachukwu got the last goal for his second of the game in the 39th minute of the first half.
There was no any action of note in the second half as Enugu raced to the top of the Group with seven points from three matches and a whooping +17 goals difference while Anambra and Imo came second and third respectively with six and four points. Ebonyi came last without a point and conceded 16 goals without scoring a single goal.
IMO 0-2 ANAMBRA
It was a sad end to Imo’s aspirations to pick another ticket to the national playoffs in Lagos where they would have hoped to negotiate a successful defence of the title they won last year in Lagos after they were dumped out of the race on the final day of the competition at the St Patrick College, Emene.
Rochas Foundation, Owerri were the cynosure of all eyes when they lifted the title in Lagos amidst cheers last year but the 2016 representatives, Owerri City College were unable to qualify from the Enugu centre after they finished the competition with just four points from three matches.
After watching Enugu demolished Ebonyi 8-0 before their eyes, Imo were still certain they could do the unthinkable against St John’s Science and Technical College, Anambra who were beaten 0-9 a day earlier by the hosts in the most surprising result of the Enugu centre playoffs but they got the shock of their lives.
Imo started the game with more purpose but they were consistently repelled by the Anambra side who were playing as if their entire lives depended on getting a positive result from the encounter and after so many attempts at scoring that was fluffed by the Owerri side, Anambra’s Udeh Izunna got the first goal from the spot kick in the 32nd minute after the referee adjudged that an Imo defender had touched the ball with his hand in an attempt to clear the ball out of danger. Few minutes before the end of the first half, Offor Stephen struck again for St John’s Science and Technical College in the 37th minute to ensure that the game ended 2-0 in Anambra side’s favour.