Rivers Angels are 2017 Women's Federation Cup champions

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The Jewel of Rivers endured a frustrating draw in regulation time but secured victory via penalties over Ibom Angels for a record seventh title

Rivers Angels were crowned champions of the 2017 Women's Federation Cup after defeating Ibom Angels 3-0 on penalties in the final at the Rwang Pam Stadium.

The Jewel of Rivers had hammered Delta Babes 5-0, Ben Women 9-0, Edo Queens 3-0 on penalties and Bayelsa Queens 4-2 on aggregate before edging Whyte Ogbonda's ladies for their seventh title in the competition's history in Jos.

Joy Enamino nearly put Ibom in front from a goalmouth scramble but her attempt inside the 18-yard box went way off target in the 15th minute.

Rivers got close to the opener as Amarachi Ojinma was set up Chioma's Wogu's sublime pass but the former desperately fired blank from a good position in the 28th minute.

Four minutes later, Blessing Okpe ran behind the Rivers defence before finding space to shot but her effort failed to trouble Rivers' Tochukwu Oluehi.

In the second half, Ogebe got past the Uyo side's defence to pull another shot but her effort went wide in the 46minute before Cynthia Aku’s header gave them the lead three minutes later.

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In the 53rd minute, Ogbonna pulled through and rose higher above her markers to head in the leveller for Ibom moments after Esther Emmanuel had missed a seater.

Rivers threw in Evelyn Nwabouku and Patience Kalu for a later winner, but the holders were held out by Ibom side for a 1-1 draw, dragging the tie to penalties.

Rivers Angels' Amarachi Ojinma won the top scorer gong with eight goals while Tochukwu Oluehi was named as best goalkeeper with Ibom's Charity Reuben named as MVP.

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