A second half striker from Nyima Nwagua proved to be enough for Rivers United to beat close neighbours Akwa United 1-0 in a friendly on Wednesday.
The two sides used the game to prepare for future assignments.
Akwa United’s Oghenetega Ebetomame tried to force a through pass to Ubong Friday but the ball was intercepted.
Stanley Eguma tutored Rivers United forced an attack of their own with goalkeeper Jean Efala making a fantastic save to deny the home side.
Full back Taiye Muritala made a good run into the opposition team’s half of the field and tried to locate Ubong Friday with a pass but the ball was headed away by an opposing defender.
Goalkeeper Efala was called into action once as Rivers United poured forward for the first blood.
Winger Wisdom Fernando drove forward with great pace and went past two defenders but the third man brought him down. The free kick was wasted by the Promise Keepers.
First half ended 0-0 in Port Harcourt.
At resumption, a beautiful interchange of passes between Pascal Onunze and Wisdom Fernando to Onyekachi Stephen was tipped over by the Rivers United keeper for a corner.
A good corner was delivered into the box, Taiye Muritala latched on to the ball and his effort narrowly missed the target.
Rivers United raced in front through Nyima Nwagua who directed a low cross into the bottom right corner of the net.
Akwa tried to respond through Oghenetega who did well to go past Austin Festus but his final touch was blocked for a corner.
With time running out, Akwa United continued to attack in search of the deserved equalizer. Osimaga Duke’s strike from Onyekachi Stephen’s cut-back pass sailed wide while Uche Collin’s low drive was blocked.
Ifeanyi Ogba received a good pass on the left side and cut in nicely before firing a good shot at goal, the goalkeeper scrambled it out for a corner.