Abia Warriors on Sunday at the Umuahia Township stadium showed off sheer determination to record an important home win in one of Matchday 24 fixtures against Adamawa United .
Abia Warriors returned back to base after a disappointing lost in Akure against Sunshine Star in anticipation of making up for the defeat of Matchday 23.
Battered Adamawa United who lost against Warri Wolves at home on Matchday (23) landed in the serene city of Umuahia with high hopes of reclaiming the lost points.
The highly action packed game kicked off after a minute silence was observed in respect of fallen Nigeria Professional League solider (Chimene Martins).
It was all Abia Warriors affair at the blast of kick of whistle, the Umuahia Warlords kept piling pressure upon Pressure on the visitors but the Yola based team remained solid to rebuff all Abia Warriors threat.
Adamawa United center back Daniel Nanushi pulled an incredible goal mouth touchline save as he was well positioned to head out Anthony Okemmiri goal bound effort which had already beaten the goalkeeper.
The Umuahia Warlords kept up the momentum in the opponents half and it all seemed a breakthrough for the Coach willy Udube tutored side but Atilola Tunde effort ricocheted on the upright bar and bounced for a goal kick.
Adamawa United Goalkeeper who was on his best pulled a stunning save as he showed off incredible goalkeeping artistry to parry Fatai Abdullahi well taken long range effort to safety.
Adamawa United united striker John-Paul Chinedu stinged the Umuahia Warlords as his effort gave his side lead as the half time break beckoned .
The teams made their way into the field of play from the tunnel and it was a quick response from the Umuahia Warlords as Yakub Hammed rose highest to meet Innocent Gabriel well tailored inswinger.
Abia Warriors Willy Udube effected tatical changes as he introduced three attacking minded strikers into the foray, the substitution reignited fierce pressure on the Visitors side.
Paul Samson and Emmanuel Ugwuka combined swiftly with a One-two inter change but the latter failed to hit the ball pass the goalkeeper.
Abia Warriors was rewarded with a well deserved penalty kick with just 4mins left in the 10mins of extra time when Paul Samson was hacked down in the penalty box.
Midfield maestro Fatai Abdullahi stepped forward for the spot kick and courageously sent Adamawa United goalkeeper to the wrong side to calm tensed nerves at the team bench.
Abia Warriors guided its lead jealously till the centre Referee signalled for end of proceedings at the Umuahia Township stadium.
Next for Abia Warriors will be a date with Mountain on Firre and Miracle Ministry at the midweek at the Agege stadium, Lagos.
Abia Warriors: 33. Uche Okafor 29. Innocent Gabriel 3. Ubong Williams 4. Fatai Abdullahi 6. Jean-Parfait Ledoux 15. Adekunle Adeleke 34. Anthony Okemmiri (Jimoh Oni) 7. Promise Ogu (Emmanuel Ugwuka) 12. Tunde Atilola (Paul Samson) 10. Shedrack Asiegbu 13. Yakub Hammed
Subs: 1. Edwin Nwakanma 20. Paul Samson 14. Emmanuel Ugwuka 26. Oghenetega Ebetomame 9. Jimoh Oni 5. Chinedu Ozor 22. Ugochukwu Anozie
Adamawa United: 16. Victor Philemon (Ikechukwu Obilo) 26. Aminu Mbai 3. Amos James 34. Mohammed Jiya 15. Emmanuel Ogbuagu (Dumama I. Abutu) 5. Daniel Nanushi 9. Haruna Sule (Eka Unegbe) 7. John-Paul Chinedu 17. Agbanyi Vershima 44. Adewale Ojebisi 10. Michael Burate
Subs: 40. Ikechukwu Obilo 42. James Atamba 14. Dumama Abutu 8. Adam Yakubu 2. Khalid Jalo 19. Felix Kenan 27. Eka Unegbe