NPFL: Usule’s late strike compounds Rivers United relegation worries

NPFL: Usule’s late strike compounds Rivers United relegation worries

Martins Usule scored with the last kick of the game as Katsina United secured a very vital away point in a 1-1 draw at Rivers United on Monday.

Rivers United led for forty-five minutes after Abdoulaye Kounate scored with a minute left in the first half. Katsina goalkeeper Yinka David Simon had rushed off his line to clear a lose ball but it fell to Rivers’ Lukman Mohammed who teed up Kounate. The big Malian made no mistake in firing into an unguarded net from 35 yards.

Katsina missed a glorious opportunity to draw level on 70 minutes when Joseph Adah inexplicably shot over from 2 yards in front of an open goal. His coach substituted him almost immediately for his distant relative Stephen Adah.

It was Adah that turned provider in second half stoppage time when his incisive pass found Usule. The striker kept his composure to beat a despairing Sunday Rotimi in goal for Rivers United.

“At the start, it was beautiful. But we conceded towards the end of the first half so we spoke in the dressing room and I advised them to press forward because our opponents were a bit slower than I expected,” Katsina coach Bauldwin Bazuaye told www.aclsports.com after the game.

“We came with a bit defensive mindset but I change it in the second half when I brought on an attacker for a defensive midfielder.”

Monday’s result moves Katsina United just out of the red zone with five games to go while Rivers United remain firmly rooted to 18th spot. Bazuaye expressed delight at the point, believing it atones for the points they dropped at home against ABS in the last Match Day.

“I’m happy that I’ve gotten back the point I lost at home last week so we’re going back to where we are and we are not going to fall back into this relegation,” the former Shooting Stars forward noted.

Katsina United entertains Wikki Tourists on Match Day 34 while Rivers United travels to doomed Remo Stars in Sagamu.

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