By Mohammed Yusuf Suleiman
Plateau United maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a 0-0 draw against Gombe United at the Pantami Stadium.
The game was devoid of any meaningful goal mouth action in the first half despite the home team having more of the ball but they however failed to sufficiently trouble John Ga’adi who was in goal for Plateau United.
Gombe United enterprising midfielder Chidera Ejike troubled the defence of Plateau United with his mazy runs, tricks and dribbles, but he wasn’t given space by the Elisha Golbe lead defence to trouble Ga’adi.
Ejike, Manir Ubale and Samuel Agba all had half chances in the first half as against none from Plateau United that focused more on keeping the home side at bay.
However the second half finally saw the away team coming out in their best elements especially after the introduction of Chukwuemeka Umeh, whose physical presence unsettled the defence of Gombe United.
Umeh who stands at an impressive height of over six feet forced Maurice Chigozie and Ola Ogundele into making errors which almost carved out an opening for his team.
Despite his presence, the first real chance of the game fell to Gombe United, when Ejike beat the offside trap and also Ga’adi with a cheeky lob but not the bar, as his effort sailed over for a goal kick.
His chance was quickly followed by Umeh at the other end who embarked on a solo run but scoffed his left footed effort wide with the goalkepper at his mercy.
Plateau United came close minutes later, when Philip Azango reacted quickly to a loose ball in the box of Gombe United but his shot on the turn was brilliantly tipped over by Emmanuel Fabiyi.
From the resultant corner kick Kabiru Umar almost scored with a header which sailed narrowly wide of the right post of Fabiyi who was already beaten by the flight of the ball.
It ended 0-0 with both teams failing to crack the backline of each other. A result which preserves Plateau United unbeaten run and extended Gombe United winless run to two games.
Kennedy Boboye (Coach, Plateau United)
“We are overtly satisfied with the result of the game, and we could easily have won it, if we had converted some of the chances we got in the second half. My boys played to introduction and that helped us very well against a very good Gombe United team”.
Manu Garba (Coach, Gombe United)
Not the type of result we wanted, am not happy with the 0-0 scoreline because we could have scored in the first half when we created good scoring chances. Plateau United defended very well. We have to put this result behind us and focus on the next game.