Shooting Stars SC this evening in Warri, made good their intent to vie for early return to the NPFL by defeating Group B1 leader, Warri Wolves, 1-0.
The Oluyole Warriors scored the crucial away goal late in the game, at exactly 85 minute to pocket the three maximum points.
Youthful and enterprising Sanni Nurudeen had sped from the centre on a counter move to beat the two centre defenders before releasing a neat pass to lurking Akombo Ukeyima who was quick to bury it forcefully at the right side of the helpless goal keeper.
The goal and the manner it came silenced the already agitated home crowd some of whom had moved closer to the technical area to pressurize the referees for undue advantage.
Before then, there have been series of attacking exchanges between the teams with the visitors soaking the pressures, couple with Goalkeeper Lucky Jimoh outstanding performance in the posts.
On many occasions, Shooting Stars defence quartet of Waheed Omololu, Abbey Benson, Shittu Taiwo and Mutiu Ogundimu were on their toes to absorb antics of their opponents.
At about 79 minutes, Coach Edith Agoye had to bringing in Samuelson Ngongo in the defence to replace also effective Opeyemi Olufemi upfront for our only change in the match.
The substitution strengthened the defence and allowed ageless Moses James and Fatai Gbadamosi to effectively take firm control of the midfield.
With the victory, Shooting Stars have garnered four points from two matches behind Warri Wolves’ six points from same games.
In reaction during the post match interview, Coach Edith Agoye described the victory as very significant.
“The game is not about three but eight points! If Warri Wolves had won, we would still have been on one point, leading us with eight points. It will be extremely difficult for us to catch up. This win is very significant and we are happy”, he sums it up.
Next up for Shooting Stars is Bayelsa United at the Lekan Salami Stadium on Sunday the 19th May, 2019.
By Goke Solanke