Destiny Ashadi fires Katsina United back to third after big win against champions Plateau United
Destiny Ashadi’s 29th minute penalty goal was enough to earn three important points at home against the league champions Plateau United in an NPFL match day 20 decided at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium today.
Katsina United have now shot back to third on the league table with this vital victory.
They have 30 points from 20 games, while Plateau United have dropped to fifth position on the back of this loss in Katsina.
Coach Abdullahi Biffo told www.fckatsinaunited.com that he is satisfied with the result and hopes to earn more points away from home
“Yes, I am satisfied with the result because the most important thing is the three points even if we had won the match with 10 goals to nil, the three points remains our priority.
“We created some scoring chances in the early minutes of the game, but my boys were just unlucky to convert the chances. If not we would have won the game with good margin.
“We have now put that game behind us and all attentions have now been shifted to our next away game as we continue our quest to pick more points on the road.
He added that his team will continue to fight in order to ensure that they achieve their target by the end of the season.
“Yes, we will continue to fight in order for us to make sure that we achieved our target for the season,” he concluded .
It was an action-packed encounter, as the hosts came out at the visitors like a house on fire from the blast of the whistle to produce four consecutive scoring chances just 10 minutes into the game.
Martins Usule connected well with a delightfull pass from Destiny Ashadi, but his left-footed strike sailed way off the cross-bar.
The hosts continued their dominance as they controlled the pace of the game from the middle of the park with Ashadi dictating the tempo of the game with defence-splitting passes.
The hosts could have broken the deadlock just 12 minutes into the game, but Destiny’s brilliant strike was parried to safety by Okeimute Odah.
Tosin Omoyele could have put the visitors ahead on 18th minutes after he intercepted a back pass to goalkeeper Dami Paul by Joshua Agboola, but his strike went miles away from goal.
Katsina United would then break the deadlock on 28 minutes after Daniel Itodo brought down Tasiu Lawal in the box.
Ashadi then stepped forward and sent Okeimute Odah the wrong way to give the hosts the lead.
Plateau United fought back, but were repelled by the resolute defence of Katsina United lead by Chinedu Ajanah as the first half ended 1 – 0 in favour of the hosts.
Katsina United continued their dominance in the second half as Agboola’s drive narrowly missed the target just few minutes into the second half.
Omoyele constant pressure on the left flank was repelled by Frank Kappe.
Usman Barau would later be given a matching order in the 89th minute by the referee for protesting against a call.
Both teams introduced fresh legs, but the changes could not affect the score line as the game ended 1 – 0 in favour of Katsina United.
Katsina United will visit Kano Pillars in their next game in a North-west derby at Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano .
Destiny Ashadi was voted man of the match by the pressmen who covered the game.