Awoniyi Nets Hat-Trick As F/Eagles Drub Nurnberg

Flying Eagles line up

The Flying Eagles won their second straight test game in Germany convincingly when they trounced Nurnberg U-19 team 5-0 with Taiwo Awoniyi grabbing another hat-trick.
Awoniyi scored thrice in Tuesday’s first test game win against Hoffenheim U-23 team and he was again the destroyer-in-chief with three first-half goals against a team, who the Flying Eagles overpowered for all 90 minutes on Friday.
Coach Manu Garba lined up his strongest team in the first 45 minutes and they began to deliver as early as the third minute when Awoniyi cashed in on a loose ball to hit target.
Awoniyi was then denied by the Nurnberg goalkeeper on 13 minutes in a one-on-one situation.
The lanky striker from Imperial Football Academy made it 2-0 in the 18th minute when the goalkeeper mistimed a long ball by Ifeanyi Ifeanyi and he literally strolled home to score.
Awoniyi was the last man to touch the ball as Kingsley Sokari fired at goal in the 28th minute to complete his treble.
A minute later, Sokari came close, and before the stroke of half time, skipper Musa Muhammed made it 4-0 when he scored from a free kick after Godwin Savior was fouled on the edge of the box.
Flying Eagles made four changes at the start of the second half, Chidiebere Nwakali came on for Musa Muhammed, Musa Yahaya for Bernard Bulbwa, Alhassan Ibrahim ‘Muazam’ for Awoniyi and Abdullahi Alfa for Sokari.
Two minutes after restart, ‘Muazam’ latched on to a clever cut-back by Nwakali for the Flying Eagles’ fifth goal.
Thereafter it was a litany of misses by the Nigeria U-20 side, as Musa yahaya was denied in the 58th minute by the goalkeeper, Wilfred Ndidi and ‘Muazam’ threatened minutes later and in the 75th minute the Nurnberg goalkeeper turned a goal-bound shot away for a corner.
In the closing minutes of the game, Musa Yahaya and Christian Pyagbara also threw away begging chances when it would have been easier to score.


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