Youngster Browne rescues Enyimba at Nest of Champions

Teenage striker Alloy Browne struck a fine
debut goal to earn former Glo Premier League
champions, Enyimba the share of the spoils in
a 2-2 draw at Akwa United on Wednesday.
Hosts Akwa United went in front in the third
minute through Aniekpeno Udoh who
capitalized on a harsh clearance from a corner
to head home. Enyimba levelled matters in the
34th minute through former Akwa United
striker Musa Najare who came off injured at
half time.
United went back in front before the hour
mark when Aniekan Ekpe converted a spot
kick after Enyimba captain Chinedu Udoji had
fouled Aniekpeno Udoh in the box. But
youngster Browne came off the bench to
ensure both teams go home with a point
apiece after a composed finish that belied his
age.
United were undoubtedly the better of the two
sides but a combination of good saves by
Femi Thomas, who turned a year older on
match day and misses denied them the full
marks against an Enyimba side that will be
grateful to earn the point after dropping points
at home to Rangers on Sunday.
The hosts came into the game after earning a
last gasp point at Bayelsa United on Sunday
and left no one in doubt as to their intentions
to claim all points. Yusuf Adio made it a
personal battle between him and Enyimba
goalkeeper and birthday boy, Thomas, all
through the game and he tested the former
Akwa United goalkeeper inside a minute of the
start.
Adio was also denied by Thomas in first half
stoppage time, the former Flying Eagles
goalkeeper producing a superb reflex save to
tip his dinking effort over the bar.
Then 18-year-old Browne replaced Enyimba
goalscorer Najare at half time and gave a real
hint of his potentials with a well-taken
equalizer. He controlled a loose aerial ball
before going past a giant of a defender in
Emmanuel Ariwa before slotting home through
inside of the post.
United will now make the long trip to Jalingo
while Enyimba host Lobi Stars on Match Day
22 this weekend.

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