MFM FC Eases Drop Worries with Victory over Lobi

first_imgMFM FC had another chance to register the opener three minutes after Olatunbosun’s attempt went off target through defender Stanley Okorom who failed to make his shot count for the homers.The duo of Joseph Nathaniel and Anthony Agbaji of Lobi Stars FC were booked for a bad challenge on Onuwa and Olatunbosun respectively in the 16th and 19th minute of the match.The opening goal came when Onuwa initiated a superb move from the middle of the park in the 21st minute of the game when he picked out striker, Stephen Odey with a fine pass. The teenager dribbled past his maker and put the ball into Olatunbosun’s feet who fired home from inside the visitors box.The Makurdi-based team only chance of the first half came five minutes after the opener when Kingsley Eduwo played himself into a good scoring position but he opted for a pass instead of testing MFM FC’s goalkeeper, Folarin Abayomi. The first half ended with the home side claiming a 1-goal lead.A Man-of-the-match performance from Newman in the second half was more than enough for the Olukoya Boys to put the Benue Army to the sword.Newman doubled the hosts lead after six minutes of play in the second half when he capitalised on a defensive mix up by Lobi Stars defenders and finished the ball calmly.Fidelis Ilechukwu’s men continued with their brilliant display and mounted more pressure on the visitors and dominated the game for seven minutes. Musa completed his brace when he latched on to an intelligent delivery from Okorom.The visitors pulled a goal back in the 63rd through Barnabas Imenger’s well-struck effort. The goal brought some spark into the match but MFM FC resisted Godwin Uwa’s men’s effort from causing any damage by cooling off the pressure to secure the needed three points.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Sikiru Olatunbosun’s cool finish and a brace from Newman Musa gave Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club of Lagos their first win in eight matches as they outclassed Lobi Stars Football Club of Makurdi with a 3-1 victory at the Agege Township Stadium yesterday morning.The win has taken MFM FC to the 15th position on the NPFL table with 41 points from 33 league matches.The first 45 minutes of the encounter saw the Lagos-based team showing its superiority with magnificent passing skills and good movement on and off the ball as they created three chances under 15 minutes of play.Olatunbosun had a chance to put the hosts in front in the 7th minute of the game when he raced on to a lovely pass from Chukwuka Onuwa but his effort went inches wide.last_img read more

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Man City 1 – 1 Fulham

first_imgManchester City’s slim title hopes suffered another setback as they were held to a draw at home by Fulham.City, badly missing the creativity of the injured David Silva, went ahead when Mario Balotelli rifled in a superb right-foot shot from outside the area.Aleksandar Kolarov wasted a fine chance before Fulham, managed by ex-City boss Mark Hughes, levelled when Damien Duff converted Andrew Johnson’s cross.Carlos Tevez and Kolarov went close, but City could not find a winner.The draw leaves City 10 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester United having played a game more than their local rivals.And it was a result that will mean a lot to Fulham manager Hughes, who was sacked as City boss in December 2009 as the club appointed Roberto Mancini as his replacement. It appeared as though there is little love lost between the two men, who came together in angry fashion after the final whistle. They walked towards each other without looking and barely shook hands, both men withdrawing their grasp and disappearing down the tunnel.But Hughes will be by far the happier of the two bosses having seen his side accumulate another crucial point in their battle to stay in the top flight and it was a point they thoroughly deserved for another determined display.City, fresh from easing into the last 16 of the Europa League courtesy of a 3-0 win over Aris Salonika on Thursday, were never at their best and they must now focus on gathering enough points to ensure they stay in the top four and qualify for next season’s Champions League.Balotelli, Tevez and Edin Dzeko once again formed a three-man attack but they were impressively shackled by the Fulham rearguard and they missed the prompting and probing of Silva, missing with an ankle injury.Fulham had not lost in their three previous league trips to Eastlands and they more than matched City from the outset, breaking up the hosts’ flow and starving them of possession in areas where they could do real damage. City’s best early chance was a Balotelli volley from a corner that flew over but Fulham quickly replied with two of their own as they began to enjoy themselves. First Danny Murphy fired narrowly over and then Moussa Dembele forced Joe Hart to save, both shots coming from outside the area.Just as City seemed to be struggling, a moment of magic broke the deadlock in their favour. Balotelli played a one-two with Tevez outside the Fulham box on the left and after holding off Murphy, he bulleted a right-foot shot into the bottom corner of Schwarzer’s net.Fulham’s heads briefly went down and they could have been 2-0 behind when their defenders inexplicably let the ball run into their penalty area to Kolarov on the left, the Serb selfishly shooting into the side-netting instead of squaring to Tevez or Dzeko.But gradually they worked their way back into it and after Dembele had an effort bravely blocked, soon after the restart the Cottagers got the reward their endeavour deserved.It was a beautifully worked goal too as Hangeland fed a pass to Johnson down the right, he fizzed over a cross to the back post and there was Duff, hurtling forward to meet the ball eight yards out and direct it past a flat-footed Hart. The visitors were suitably buoyed and Andrew Johnson fired low at Hart as the Eastlands crowd began to show signs of their frustration with City struggling.Slowly but surely City did begin to create some chances of their own and Balotelli mis-kicked eight yards out after great work down the right from Pablo Zabaleta, before Patrick Vieira came on for the ineffective Dzeko and gave Mancini’s side a lift.Balotelli played Tevez through and his left-foot shot was superbly tipped around his post by Mark Schwarzer, before Kolarov’s awkwardly dipping volley from fully 30 yards was pushed over the bar by the Australian stopper.But City continued to labour and in the end they can have few complaints about Fulham heading back to London with a point.Source: BBClast_img read more

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Džumhur is the Winner of ATP Challenger in Arad

first_img(Source: Fena) The Bosnian tennis player Damir Džumhur is the winner of the ATP Challenger tournament in Arad (Romania), worth 35 000 Euros.Džumhur has defeated the first holder, Pere Riba from Spain, who is 84th  player on the ATP list with a 6:4, 7:6 (7/3).Twenty-two year old boy from Sarajevo, who is the fifth holder of the tournament, won the second title on the ATP Challenger tournaments. Before the triumph in Arad, he celebrated his victory in Mersin in mid-April, where he also won today’s opponent.The victory in Arad brought Džumhur additional 80 points and is expected to progress for additional 10 places on the ATP ranking list. He occupies 129th place currently.last_img read more

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