It was another splendid performance from players of Rangers International F.C who despite having a man sent off in the 65th minute defended well to earn a well deserved 1-0 victory over visiting Katsina United in a match day 14, NPFL encounter played Sunday at Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium, Enugu.
Coach Olugbenga Ogunbote handed starts to west coast imports, Seka Pascal and Roland Koffi with usual suspects, Ifeanyi George and Chiamaka Madu making their way back to the starting block and the quartet were a handful for the Abdullahi Biffo wards.
A defense splitting pass from Ivorian import, Koffi freed Ifeanyi George on goal but his effort was beaten out by Super Eagles shot stopper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa but only as far as the feet of onrushing Seka Pascal to calmly blast home on 17 minutes to the celebration of the half full ‘Cathedral’.
That the game failed to record a goal before this lone strike was not due to lack of trying but for some splendid goalkeeping from Ezenwa who produced a master act on two minutes to stop an Aguda Godwin fierce shot from over twenty-five meters while some misses were recorded.
In the end-to-end exchange of fires by both teams, especially after the half hour mark, as the visitors saw two efforts by Martins Usule and Tasiu Lawal on 32 and 36 minutes well saved by Ghanaian shot stopper, Nana Bonsu, in goal for Rangers while Ezenwa was alert to make a save on 34 minutes off a Koffi Roland’ effort.
Efforts by both sides to breach the backline of the other proved abortive even as the host had to defend by the skin of their teethes to contain the visitors in the last 25 minutes of the game after Roland Koffi was sent off by the referee, Joseph Ogabor, for a second booking.