Nneka Julius’ stunner was not enough, as Chiamaka Okwuchukwu and Comfort Folorusho netted to grab Delta Queens the three points in the opening match of Nigeria Women’s Football League (NWFL) Super 6.
Delta Queens beat Edo Queens 2-1 at Dipo Dina Stadium on Monday afternoon.
The first 20 minutes was totally dominated by Edo Queens and saw them create chances through Elizabeth Zirike and Maryann Ohadiwe, but without any real threat on the Ihuoma Onuegbu’s net.
Edo Queens’ early pressure was nearly rewarded in the 25th minute after Chioma Wogu was sent through on goal by Taibat Odueke, but the forward hit her effort wide.
Just four minutes to the end of the first stanza, Chiamaka Okwuchukwu put Delta Queens’ noses in front.
She received a well knitted pass from Chioma Olise, before dribbling past Christy Ohiaeriaku to net the first goal of the encounter.
First half ended 1-0 in favour of the 2012 league champions.
Edo Queens recovered and just needed a stunning trademark free kick from former Adamawa Queens playmaker Nneka Julius, in order to be back level just eight minutes into the second half.
The attacking midfielder’s delicious teaser from 23 yards flew past Onuegbu.
Comfort Folorunsho was the heroine for the Delta Queens team. She was on target through Mamuzo Edafe’s assist from the corner.
The Edo Queens team pressed high, but Delta Queens’ defence was solid and maintained their shape to earn the victory.