Bayelsa Queens were left stunned as first half strikes from Taiwo Lawal and Monday Gift saw FC Robo Queens win 2-0 in the Nigeria Women’s Football League (NWFL) Super 6.
Both Bayelsa Queens and Robo took to the field in Ijebu Ode looking determined.
The Super 6 gave FC Robo Queens the confidence to potentially upset the applecart.
As expected, it was the Yenagoa side who were on the front foot early on and the creativity of the likes of Joy Bokiri and Mary Anjor caused the Kehinde Akinwande led backline all sorts of headaches. But in spite of a few bright moments, the Restoration Girls were resigned to half-chances during the opening stages as they struggled to find that perfect final ball.
But at the other end, the pace of Esther Onyenezide was proving a nightmare for Bayelsa Queens to deal with.
Robo’s doggedness was eventually rewarded as Taiwo Lawal stole the ball from Abidemi Ibe’s poor back pass to score in the 35th minute.
Another shocker soon hit Bayelsa Queens on 37 miñutes. Usual suspect, Monday Gift slotted home the second goal.
The goal forced the former league winners to come out of their shell a little more and their lack of penetration showed as the half-time whistle approached.
The Moses Adukwu tutored side were unable to reduce the deficit before the break and this saw the coach set out his team to go on the attack as they looked to score their second goal of the tournament within the first 15 minutes after the restart.
But Robo were resilient and offered Bayelsa Queens little in room to manoeuvre in an around the box which limited the chances created by them.
Nonetheless, with Adukwu looking a frustrated figure, Bayelsa threw on Peace Efih.
The first half goals came as a sucker punch for Bayelsa Queens and this saw them commit some uncharacteristic errors which could have seen the score line worsened.
In a final throw of the dice, ex BIIK Kazygurt attacker Charity Reuben replaced Jerry Joy.
Nevertheless, as the game headed into its final stages, Robo had chances of their own to wrap up the win. But it was not to be as they settled for the 2-0 win, shocking highly fancied Bayelsa Queens.