World Cup: Nigeria’s  U-17 girls beat Liberia 4-1

………in Monrovia

Nigeria’s Under 17 female football team, the  Flamingos, defeated their hosts Liberia  4-1 in the first leg of the final qualifying fixture for this year’s FIFA Under 17 Women’s World Cup.

Playing on Sunday at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville, Monrovia, the Flamingos dominated their opponents from the beginning of the match before the goals begin to pour.

The Liberian girls,  who  shocked Senegal on the away-goal rule to reach this stage of the competition, warded off the early threats from the Nigerian girls.

Nigeria got the ball into the net after 14 minutes, but the  Chadian referee Lare Lamngar ruled it offside.

Not deterred , the Flamingos went forward once again, and in the 19th minute, Shakirat Moshood opened the scoring from a solo run.

Peace Effiong scored in the 29th minute to put a wedge of respect between the two teams.

Harmony Chidi scored the third goal in the 36th minute to widen the gap between the two  teams.

In the the second half, Nigeria continued to dominate, and the substitute; Blessing Ifitezue made it four in the with 74th minute.

Liberia scored a consolation goal in the 85th minute from the penalty spot through Yassah Gwaikolo, after substitute Onyedikachi Ekezie  committed a foul in the eigtheen yard box.

The Flamingos will host Liberia in  the return leg  scheduled for Friday, at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.

The tournament  is scheduled for the Dominican Republic from October 16 to November 3 and this is the first FIFA tournament hosted by the country.

A total of 16 teams from six confederations will participate in the World Cup.

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