Enyimba and Gombe United played a scoreless draw at the Gombe Stadium on Sunday evening.
A game that was a complete contrast of it’s barren outcome, Enyimba were left to contend with United’s fluid passing and quick movements in the opening minutes, with goalkeeper Olorunleke Ojo the rescuer on more than a few occasions.
Sadiq Shuaibu’s angled freekick was thwarted by Ojo after three minutes while the centreback pairing of Somiari Alalibo and Oluwatosin Adegbite were kept on their toes as the hosts ravaged.
With the half winding down, Ibrahim Yayaha wriggled from the left and dispatched a curler, but Ojo was again on hand to divert the effort.
Emmanuel Ampiah cleared off the line as United sought the opener after the break, but there was not much more goal threat provided by the hosts afterwards despite holding the lion’s share of possession.
Enyimba looked threatening in the closing stages and almost punished United for committing many numbers forward when Emeka Obioma latched on a long before being hacked down by the goalkeeper.
Late substitute Godwin Emmanuel lobbed over the keeper in added time but was adjudged to have strayed offside.
FINIDI GEORGE’S POST MATCH COMMENTS
“Looking at how everything transpired, a draw is not bad but I think it was a game we could have won if not for one reason or the other.
“Gombe United had a good first half, they played good football in the first half. We tried to contain them in the first half. They had a good spell, the tempo was good; it is a normal thing (because) they were playing at home and wanted to win but we contained them.
“The second half was a different ball game. It was, let me say, a 50-50 chance for both teams and in terms of chances we had two glaring chances or three that would have been given to us but were not given. At the end of the day, coming here and picking a point is not bad at all.”