Player’s Rating : Plumptre, Payne were Falcons’ top performers against Ireland

The Super Falcons were held to a goalless draw by Debutant Ireland in their final group B game.

The 11 time African Champions had a nervous start to the encounter at the Lang Stadium in Brisbane. However, they grew into the contest and performed a bit better in the second half.

Coach Randy Waldrum ‘s girls subsequently secured a round of 16 place, finishing second behind Co host Australia , who beat Canada 4-0 in the group’s other game..

The Falcons, not losing any game, picked up five points from 3 games. Having said, how did the players performed individually in today’s game against Ireland?

Here is how they did individually….

Chiamaka Nnadozie : Has little to do for most of the game but as always , she commanded her area well during the course of the game. Rating : 5/10

Michelle Alozie : Has an impressive game on the right side of the team’s rear guard. Her forward runs were quite commendable as well despite starting slow. Rating : 6/10

Osinachi Ohale : It was business as usual for Ohale despite not being under any sort of notable pressure from the Irish forward players. She did what she had to do to help Nigeria earn the point needed. Rating : 5/10

Tosin Demehin : Despite a nervy start by the Stade Reims centre back, she grew into the game , producing a strong performance alongside her centre back partner Osinachi Ohale at the heart of the team’s rear guard. Rating : 5/10

Ashleigh Plumptre : Perhaps the most composed Nigerian player on the field of play. She rarely put a foot wrong during the course of the game. Had her side of the pitch locked down as the Irish offered no threat from that side of the pitch due to her efforts. Rating : 7/10

Christy Ucheibe : Had a decent game. She did her bit as the team’s second pivot, offering the much needed protection for the defence. Rating : 5/10

Halimatu Ayinde : Like Ucheibe, she had a decent game as the team’s second defensive midfielder.. She however held on to the ball too much when she could easily find a team mate. Rating : 5/10

Toni Payne : Another one aside Plumptre who had a very good outing. As the team’s attacking midfielder, the former US youth international was purposeful on the ball and almost had an assist but for the Irish Goalkeeper stopping Uchenna Kanu ‘s header off the line. Rating : 7/10

Rasheedat Ajibade : Quite industrious on the ball but had at times tried to do too much when she had the ball on her feet.. Her commitment can’t be faulted though. Rating : 6/10

Uchenna Kanu : Could have giving Nigeria a second half lead with a fine header off a chipped cross from Toni Payne. Did quite well in helping the team keep it’s defensive shape when they were on the back foot. Rating : 5/10

Assisat Oshoala : Could have giving Nigeria the lead in the first half but her effort went inches wide of the Ireland post with the goalkeeper beaten. Worked hard upfront in trying to win back possession. In all had a decent game. Rating : 5/10

The Substitutes

Ifeoma Onumonu : Came in for Assisat Oshoala during the early exchanges of the second half. Did admirably well upfront during her time on the pitch. Rating : 5/10

Gift Monday : Had a decent outing after coming in to replace Uchenna Kanu. She combined well with Michelle Alozie on the right side of the pitch and when the team attacked. There was a time were she could have released the ball earlier late in the game but she tried to do too much. Rating : 5/10

Onome Ebi : Cami in for the impressive Tosin Demehin late in the second half and did her own little bit in preserving the goalless scoreline. Was never tested though. Rating : 5/10

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