Federation Cup Final: Heartland Beats Lobi Stars to Retain Cup
Heartland football club of Owerri has retained the 2012 Federation Cup it won last by beating Lobi Stars football club of Makurdi, two goals to one at the Telim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.
The team had in 2011 defeated Enyimba of Aba to win the Federation Cup at the same venue.
The tension soaked encounter saw Lobi Stars opening scores in the first in the fourth minutes when Tony Okpotu, Lobi striker, had his long range shot parried for a corner kick in the 17th minute ending up in the net via a lovely header by Ezekiel Bassey.
Lobi dictated the pace of the interesting encounter in the first 25 minutes.
Heartland woke up and got a deserving equaliser in the 34th minute as Jolly Osas’ low drive beat John Lawrence in goal for Lobi.
Heartland goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi, was outstanding as he denied Lobi’s David Tyakase in the 40th minute.
The second half was less competitive as both teams looked tired.
Substitutions made by Lobi’s Coach and ex-international, Dominic Iorfa, and Heartland’s Coach, Nduka Ndubuise, did not change the situation.
Brenda Ogbu nodded in Osas’ lob in the 90th minute.
Centre referee, FIFA badged Bunmi Ogunkolade from Oyo State, was in total control of the match.
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