By: Kelvin Omachonu
The 200level Survival Cup ended on Friday, and it was quite a spectacle to watch. The two teams in the final played grueling semi-final fixtures- IPE dispatched Physiology/statistics 2-1, while Chemistry beat high fliers Sociology.
Both teams had different philosophies going into the match, while the Chemistry team were all for midfield play and building from the back, IPE thrived more on long balls. The danger man for IPE was their lanky striker nicknamed Paragon, and if they were going to take anything from the match, he would surely have a say.
The pomp and pageantry of the final began at about 2:45, and after the pre-match formalities, the game kicked off at about 3 p.m. at the SUB Pitch.
It was a battle of skill, stamina, and concentration. But it turned out that IPE lacked concentration as a crossing in the 4th minute located Gafar Jimoh who calmly slotted in the net.
Nevertheless, the IPE team were not thawed as they pushed on to restore parity to the shoreline, and they almost achieved their aim but Paragon fluffed his lines as his shot went off target in their first real chance of the game.
As the first half went on, Chemistry continued to exude confidence in play, their adept gameplay and distribution of the ball troubled IPE who struggled to have hold of the ball for long spells. Chemistry also looked dangerous on the attack, they also isolated IPE’s target man as whenever he was on the ball, and three players would always be on him.
Chemistry’s play once again yielded dividends as a shot from Taiwo Ayodele struck a defender, and changed its course, leaving the Keeper helpless as he watched the ball go into his own net. At the end of the first half, Chemistry had their noses in front with a two-goal cushion.
The second half began almost the same way, with Chemistry repelling every form of attack from IPE, whilst dominating the midfield. IPE still struggled to link up with each other, giving up the ball in crucial positions. The proceedings were all going according to plan for Chemistry.
IPE’s poor play got to a climax after they conceded a penalty in the closing embers of the game, however, Akinpelumi Tomide let them off the hook easily as his poor penalty went over the keeper and over the bar.
After 70 minutes of football and five additional minutes, IPE weren’t able to trouble Chemistry’s keeper, leaving the Faculty of Science side to cruise to the win, thereby lifting the trophy for this year’s 200level Survival Cup.