NPFL: Ten-man Plateau United overcome Rivers United in five-goal thriller

Plateau United Football Club on Wednesday overcame Rivers United 3-2 in a rescheduled match-day 10 encounter of the Nigeria Premier Football League at the New Jos Stadium, Zaria Road.

Rivers United took the lead in the 27th minute when Andy Okpe converted from the spot after Plateau United defender, Moses Adikwu was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the box.

Plateau was then awarded a penalty kick of their own following Endurance Ebedeberi's foul on Harrison Ebah inside the Rivers United box. Albert Hilary stepped up and converted from 12 yards to force a 1-1 stalemate at the break.

The ‘Peace Boys' then took the lead for the first time when Muhammad Umar benefited from Daniel Itodo's long throw to slot home from close range in the 54th minute.
Moses Adikwu was at it again in the 64th minute as he fouled Samuel Antwi in the box for a second penalty to Rivers which Endurance Ebedeberi converted to restore parity.

Adikwu sees red vs

Adikwu then got his marching orders after a second booking for aiding the ball into the net with his hand off a Daniel Itodo long throw in an attempt to give the hosts the lead to culminate a calamitous day for the centre-back.

That action earned him a second booking and an early shower as Rivers United looked to use the man advantage to earn all the spoils.

The Plateau defence was able to contain River's onslaught and then went ahead through a beautiful goal worth to win any game.

Adams stunner the winner for Plateau United

After some quick interchange of passing, Plateau United midfielder Yakubu Adams rifled home from outside the box in the 87th minute for what will become the deciding goal in a thrilling game.

The win moves Mbwas Mangut's men to fifth place on the league table with 28 points from 17 games.

Plateau United next host Enyimba on Saturday at the New Jos Stadium in a match-day 18 fixture.

Plateau United line-up

Amah John (GK), Daniel Itodo, Moses Adikwu, Olawale Doyeni, Harrison Ebah, Mustapha Abdullahi, Adam Yakubu, Muhammad Umar (Jimmy Iteji 77′), Sam Pam Jr (Sunday Anthony 77′), Nenrot Silas (Mundi Bernard 77′), Albert Hilary

Unused subs

Bamidele Adeniyi (GK), Mancha Sabbath, Izuchukwu Chimezie, Victor Dawa, Barnabas Daniel, Uche Onwuasoanya

Rivers United line-up

Osagie Onisodumeya (GK), Kazie Enyinnaya, Ampiah Emmanuel, Augustine Okejepha, Anthony Ohaegbu, Endurance Ebedeberi, Abubakar Adamu (90′ Eze Chibuzor), Chiamaka Madu (Victor Arikpo 84′), Nyima Nwagua, Samuel Antwi, Andy Okpe (Deputy Echeta 59′)

Unused subs

Seidu Mutawakilu (GK), Fehintola Muyiwa, Odeh Paul, Eze Chibuzor, Joseph Onoja, Temple Emekayi, Bernard Yao

Plateau United

Moses Adikwu 🟡🔴
Sam Pam Jr 🟡

Rivers United

Kazie Enyinnaya 🟡
Nyima Nwagua 🟡

NPFL: Ten-man Plateau United overcome Rivers United in five-goal thriller
Andrew Randa

Andrew Randa is a seasoned Africa sports journalist, and a former Media Officer for Nigeria's U-20 national team. He is widely acknowledged as an authority on the NPFL and African football, Randa is esteemed for his expertise in football content creation. Furthermore, he holds the distinction of being Nigeria's foremost sports kit designer and a trailblazer in the realm of sports graphics in Nigeria.