The football competition initiated by the government of Seriake Dickson in Bayelsa State, called the Restoration Cup, is getting into the critical stage. Dickson's Toru-Orua community in the Sagbama Local Government Area has already booked a place in the semi final.
They advanced after defeating Ekpetiama community 4-2 on penalties at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex in Yenagoa.
Ekpetiama were the better side in the first stanza and dominated the game scoring two goals in the process through Goodliving Gift in the 15th minute and Emeka Nwosu in the 40th minute.
As hostilities resumed after the break, the Sagbama-based team mounted pressure from the blast of the whistle and in the 57th minute, Sunday Keme pulled one back with a beautiful header.
The pressure continued and Sunday Keme's beautiful drive into the danger area after beating three players connected Tokoni Joel, who calmly placed the ball in the right corner to draw level.
Toru-Orua didn't relent in their quest to win the game and lost a couple of chances in the process while Ekpetiama's free-kick five minutes from time hit the woodwork.
In the shootout, Ekpetiama converted two spot kicks, losing two, while Toru-Orua scored four kicks to progress.
In another quarter final game, the Ogbia Unity Cup champions, Otuasega community, qualified for the semifinal after a slim 1-0 win over Amassoma community at the Opolo football field in Yenagoa.
After a goalless first half, Moses Iburu found the back of the net in the 75th minute, tapping in from close range.
At the Otuasega venue , Opu-Nembe joined other semi-finalists after defeating Okpoama community 8-7 on penalties. The game ended one goal apiece at regulation time.
Mikel Odikari opened scoring in the 50th minute for Opu-Nembe, while Frank Ituru leveled up 14 minutes later before the shootout.
In the first quarter-final played on Tuesday, Peretorugbene community booked its place in the semifinal after defeating Kaiama 6-0 at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex.
The Ekeremor-based team opened scoring in the 12th minute through Osaro Loveday, before Isaiah Jacob completed the routing, scoring in the 27th, 47th, 49th, 75th and 79th minute.
Restoration Cup 2018
Quarter final results as at Thursday 24/5/18
Ekpetiama (Yenagoa LGA ) 2 (2) vs Toru-Orua (Sagbama) 2 (4)
Toru-Orua advance 4-2 on penalties
Otuasega (Ogbia) 1 vs Amassoma (Southern Ijaw) 0
Okpoama (Brass) 1(7) vs 1 (8) Opu-Nembe (Nembe)
Opu-Nembe advance 8-7 on penalties
Peretorugbene (Ekeremor) 6 vs Kaiama (Kolokuma Opokuma) 0
Peretorugbene vs Toru-Orua (May 29)
Otuasega vs Opu-Nembe (May 30)