A superb second half free kick from Ikenna Ekedoro ensured Abuja Metro FC finished the season with at least a win.
It was our last match of the FCT FA League group phase but we were searching for our first win of the season. After losing 4-1 to Da-Priest FC in our opening game of the season, we drew with 1-1 with Echos Thrift FC. We celebrated our first point of the season but lost 1-0 to Will-Wealth two weeks later.
The chances of progressing to the second phase of the FCT FA League were minimal but the opportunity to record our first win was up for grabs. De Marshall was the team in our way.
The game started on a poor note for Abuja Metro. The referee awarded a penalty to De Marshall in the 16th minute after Bernard Bitrus handled the ball in the box. The penalty was converted to give De Marshall a 1-0 lead.
Just after the hour mark, Abuja Metro responded. Alex Moses drew the team level in the 61st minute with an assist from Bethel Onwughara. Things worsened for De Marshall after their captain was sent off in the 67th minute.
Four minutes later, substitute Ikenna Ekedoro converted a superb free kick to give Abuja Metro a lead for the first time this season. The substitution by head coach Abdullahi Abubakar at half time proved to be decisive.
The team held on to the 2-1 win to finish the season with their first competitive win. They miss out of the next phase of the FCT FA League on goal difference.