Ruthless Rivers Angels have marched into the final of this year’s Aiteo Cup for women after they thrashed arch-rivals Bayelsa Queens 4-0 in Port Harcourt.
Angels will now wait for the winners of the yet-to-be-decided second semi-final clash between Ibom Angels and one of Abia Angels or Confluence Queens depending on the result of the former’s appeal.
Rivers Angels coach Edwin Okon said he knew this semi-final second leg was going to be a walkover for his side having survived in Nembe last Saturday.
“I said it in my previous interview that this was going to be a walkover,” said the former Super Falcons handler.
“Having survived in Bayelsa, I knew that playing at home wasn’t going to be a problem.”
On Wednesday, a second-half brace from Amarachi Ojinma and penalties from Gladys Akpa and Evelyn Nwabuoku all after a goalless first half gave ‘The Jewel of Rivers’ a 6-2 aggregate victory and passage into their fourth Cup final appearance in five years.
After a number of missed chances in the first half, coach of the reigning cup holders Okon made two early changes, one coming just one minute to the break when Chioma Wogu replaced Patience Kalu and the second saw Ugo Njoku coming on for Ifeoma Ikenokwalu two minutes after the break.
Three minutes after that change, Ojinma was brought down inside the box and Akpa stepped forward to convert the spot kick in the 53rd minute.
Angels’ lead was doubled in the 56th minute through Ojinma, who headed home a cross from Ugo Njoku.
With the game poised to end 2-0, another penalty was awarded to Rivers Angels following a foul on Alice Ogebe and Nwabuoku made no mistake in converting from 12 yards.
The impressive Ojinma then got the brace her performance deserved when she brilliantly headed home an Nwabuoku cross from close range.