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Match Report: Doma United Clinches Vital Away Win Against Akwa United

Doma United emerged victorious with a 1-0 win over Akwa United in a fiercely contested encounter at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium during week 28 of the Nigeria Premier Football League. Emmanuel Jesam’s early goal proved decisive as Doma United returned to winning ways with a resilient performance.

The match kicked off with Doma United demonstrating their intent from the onset. Emmanuel Jesam, a constant thorn in Akwa United’s defense, capitalized on a defensive lapse to slot home a goal from a tight angle in the 7th minute. The goal provided Doma United with an early lead, setting the tone for an enthralling contest.

Despite the setback, Akwa United gradually found their rhythm and started to assert themselves in the game. However, Doma United’s defense remained resolute, thwarting any attempts by the home side to find an equalizer. Goalkeeper Zalli showcased his prowess with crucial saves, including a remarkable effort to tip the ball over the bar, denying Akwa United a scoring opportunity.

As the first half progressed, Akwa United intensified their efforts to level the scoreline but were repeatedly frustrated by Doma United’s organized defense. The halftime whistle blew with Doma United maintaining their slender 1-0 lead.

The second half saw Doma United making a tactical substitution, with Charles Terwar replacing Usman Musa. Akwa United, desperate to salvage a result, launched waves of attacks, but Doma United’s backline held firm, repelling each offensive move with determination.

Despite Akwa United’s relentless pressure, Doma United remained resolute, with defenders Haruna Aliyu, Auwalu Abubakar, Saifullahi Yusuf, and Zakari Boyi showcasing exceptional defensive skills to keep the opposition at bay. Goalkeeper Zalli continued to excel between the posts, making crucial saves to preserve his team’s lead.

Doma United came close to extending their advantage when Charles Terwar breached Akwa United’s defense with a mazy run, but his cutback failed to find Emmanuel Jesam, leaving Doma United’s bench frustrated at the missed opportunity.

As the match entered its closing stages, Doma United utilized their substitutions wisely, introducing fresh legs to maintain their defensive solidity. Despite seven minutes of added time, Akwa United failed to find a breakthrough, as Doma United held on for a crucial away victory.

The final whistle signaled Doma United’s triumph, securing their second away win of the season and lifting them to 11th place in the league standings with 37 points. Doma United now look ahead to their next challenge against Plateau United at the New Jos Stadium on Saturday, April 6th, 2024.

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