Samuel Okon's 33rd minute penalty ensured a Rovers FC win over VFC in Match Day Six of the 2020/21 Nigeria National League season.
Damilare Babatunde capitalized on a defensive mix-up from Rovers and nearly put VFC in front in 25th minute but his effort was saved by the goalkeeper Ismaila Isah for a corner kick.
Later, defender Ekerete Udom had an attempt in the 27th minute when his header deflected out from David Mark's corner kick.
The goal came when Mark attempted to clear the ball in the box but made contact with Rovers forward Daniel Ilevbare, which the centre referee pointed to the spot for a penalty to the home side on 33rd minute. Rovers full back Samuel Okon made no mistake with his spot kick to put Rovers ahead.
The Lions of Naija roared back to life after going behind in the game. Anietie Uko saw his shot gone wide after Lawrence Effiong set him up.
VFC came back into the second half with a much improved performance, dominating play and nearly got the equalizer when substitute Ipaye Michael cracked a shot from 30 yards out.
The lively Ipaye also went close twice and Amos Okoro who came on for Pederson Ajong also went close to leveling the score for Vandrezzer FC.
In the 73rd minute Oloye Felix came on for Golden Udo-Inyang who had a very quiet afternoon. Oloye made some impressive runs, but Rovers however held on despite the VFC onslaught, to record their second win of the season.
What the coaches said:
"My team deserved a win, for the past three games I've been suffering from different kinds of intimidation and I thank God the result went our way today."
"We are building a team, 90 percent of the old players left and we are starting over with a very young squad, majority of them are undergraduates in the University, but today, we went back to what is good and it worked for us."
"I told my players that we are going to face a very good team in Vandrezzer FC, we prepared well and knew it's an opportunity to showcase what we have to the world. Vandrezzer FC broadcasting matches live in the NNL is to our advantage, that is why I keep saying that what the club is doing is for all of us." - *Sampson Unanuel, Rovers FC*
"The result is not acceptable for a club like Vandrezzer FC, we want to win and be champions and it is a setback to what we are trying to do. But we will go back to the drawing board and ensure that we iron out some of the issues we are encountering." - *Alfred Madaki, VFC*
Vandrezzer FC will return home to welcome Giant Brillars FC at the Soccer Temple, Lagos on Saturday, March 20, on Match Day 7.
Vandrezzer FC...won't walk that road without you!