Rangers continued their impressive run in the ongoing season as they came from behind to beat Heartland 2-1 at the Dan Anyiam Stadium in an Oriental Derby on Sunday.
The Naze Millionaires must be wondering what went wrong as they took the lead as early as the 12th minute through Julius Ubido, but lost the advantage only five minutes later, with former midfielder Osas Okoro assisting with the free-kick which Udeagha connect to level the score.
Rangers coach Imama Amakpakabo had challenged his Heartland counterpart, Alphonsus Dike to employ a more attacking approach, as against their ultra-defensive approach when both teams met in the final game of the first half of the season in Enugu.
And Dike appeared to have taken the bait, as they attacked ceaselessly, but the ‘Flying Antelopes’ kept keeping them at bay, and Heartland failing to make anything of their attacks, leading the first half to end in a stalemate.
The second half resumed the Heartland still trying to go for the kill, but Rangers still looked the more tactical side in their approach, as they sought to catch Dike’s men on the break.
And it soon paid, as a quick build by Rangers saw a pass floated into the Heartland area, with Bobby Clement racing toward goal, but he was hacked down inside the box by Anyanwu, with the referee wasting no time in pointing to the spot.
Chisom Egbuchulam, who had missed from the spot in the previous match-up, stepped up again, but he found the back of the net this time to hand Rangers the lead and the momentum.
And while Heartland kept pressing for at least an equalizer, Rangers kept their shape and kept trying to catch them napping with fast breaks.