A total of 339 goals were recorded on Day one at the ongoing second phase of the 2019 Prudent Energy Handball league in Lagos.
Defending champions, Niger United defeated stubborn Plateau Vipers by 26 to 21 goals in an electrifying encounter in the men’s category. The Minna based team led the first half by 7 goals ((16-9) but could not continue their fine run in the second half as the Plateau Vipers upped their game.
Kano Pillars sent a strong message to other teams in the league, beating COAS Shooters 25 to 20 goals. The combination of Emeka Adigwe, Jacob Ayuba, Jamilu Adamu were too strong for the Nigeria Army players. Former National team player, Samora Samuel and Kelvin Dele tried to put COAS Shooters back on track but slipped by three goals in the last two minutes.
The game between Lagos Seasiders and Prison Key boys witnessed a total number of 61 goals as the Lagos based team beat Prison by 36 to 25, while De Defenders beat Kada Stars 27 to 20 goals in the first match of the second phase of the league.
Sokoto Rima walked over Borno Spiders who are yet to arrive the venue of the league.
In the women’s games, Defending champion, Plateau Peacocks overcame experienced Defender Babes by 28 to 23 goals. Defender Babes held Plateau Peacocks 12 to 12 goals in the first half but Yusuf Abdulkadir led side took charge of the second half.
Imo Grasshoppers beat Kada Queens by 33 to 25 goals in a tensed game; Safety Babes walked over Abia Valiants while Seasiders Babes also walked over Owena Queens who arrived Lagos by 6pm.
Day one results:
De Defenders 27 v 20 Kada Stars
Kano Pillars 25 v 20 COAS Shooters
Lagos Seasiders 36 v 25 Prison Key boys
Niger United 26 v 21 Plateau Vipers
Sokoto Rima 10 v 0 Borno Spiders (W/O)
Plateau Peacocks 28 v 23 Defender Babes
Imo grasshoppers 33 v 25 Kada Queens
Seasiders Babes 10 v 0 Owena Queens (W/O)
Safety Babes 10 v 0 Abia Valiants (W/O)
Safety Babes 27 v 36 Ghana Police (Non scoring)