MFM FC of Lagos went the extra length to grind a 2-1 victory and maximum points from visiting table toppers, Plateau United, in their Nigeria Professional Football League match day 14 encounter at the Soccer Temple, Agege Stadium, Sunday evening.
A brace from NPFL leading scorer, Stephen Odey, and a second half stretcher by Meter Eneji from a beautiful combination by Plateau United highlighted the pulsating game.
The visitors had come with a articulate approach to keep control of the game with their highly experienced and technical sound defenders led by Golbe Elisha killing all incursions from by the Olukoya Boys and it seemed they would have no magic until Stephen Odey lost his men in the box to receive a pass and chose an angle that left John Ga’adi no chance.
With MFM leading into the break, Plateau returned in the second half to with a different game plan which saw them take the battle to the hosts with Mafeng Pam, Joshua Obaje and Ibeh Johnson combining well with substitute Meter Eneji who fired in a stretcher in the 63rd minute to even scores.
Rattled by the challenge, MFM bent back over to bring extra magic from the cap as free rolling Onuwa Chukwuka kept producing splitting passes for Sikiru Olatunbosun and Stephen Odey to make runs.
The strategy coupled with the dribble runs and pace of the MFM attackers put the Plateau defence line to question and MFM found answer in the 87th minute when Chukwuka’s split pass put Sikiru Olatunbosun on but he was brought down as he collected and made to shoot.
Odey stepped forward to execute the resulting penalty which he struck hard to the right angle of the net sending Ga’adi the wrong way to produce the winner.
MFM head coach, Fidelis Ilechukwu, while hailing his boys for their determination to fight to finish however praised Plateau United as a very good team.
“We have a good team and we fought to the last to earn maximum points but Plateau United showed they are a good team with a good coach and they deserve to be where they are,” Ilechukwu told npfl.ng.com
He however assured that MFM remains solid and determined to produce a great mark this season.
“MFM has only two options this season. To win the league title or and to get a ticket to the continent at the end of the season. We are a good team.”