13th September, 2010
Nigeriaâ€™s Flamingoes cruised to a 5-0 win over Chile early todayto claim the top spot andÂ log three wins from as many starts in Group A of the ongoing FIFA U-17 Women World Cup inÂ Trinidad&Tobago.
With Chile already eliminated, both teams changed their line-ups, but the AfricanÂ representatives never lost control and held a two-goal margin at the interval.
Striker Loveth Ayila, fresh from grabbing a late winner against Trinidad and Tobago, provedÂ the star turn once again by hitting a hat-trick in the entertaining match.
Nigeria dominated from the beginning, and though Ngozi Okobi was denied by a superb blockÂ from defender Yorky Arriagada, the breakthrough appeared inevitable. It arrived on 15Â minutes as Okobiâ€™s well-hit free-kick proved too hot for goalkeeper Veronica Saez; FranciscaÂ Ordega followed up to convert an easy chance.
Ordega then came close to doubling her own tally but her superb run and shot was blockedÂ impressively at the death by defender Yocelyn Cisternas. Chile had a rare moment of hope inÂ attack just past the half-hour mark, but striker Francisca Morosoâ€™s crossed shot was held byÂ Ibijoke Sangonuga.
Nigeria extended their lead four minutes from the interval with Ayila converting afterÂ taking advantage of an inch-perfect cross by the lively Ordega. Soon after the break, theÂ pair combined again, and after an exchange of passes, Ayila raced clear of the defence toÂ finish past an exposed Saez. Ayila completed her treble on 72 minutes as she fired herÂ effort through a forest of legs from within the penalty area.