Zaid Ayuba scored the only goal of the match as Bendel Insurance recorded a 1-0 win over Cynosure FC in Monday afternoon’s Gov Pre Season Tourney Group B clash at the Stephen Keshi Stadium.
The forward converted from the penalty spot in the 74th minute to hand the Benin Arsenal a huge three points.
Cynosure had their moments during the opening 45 minutes of action, but Deji Ayeni’s side were unusually lacklustre in the final third as the Benin City side kept a welcome clean sheet.
Both teams were having their moments in the final third, although it would be fair to say that the overall quality inside the box was disappointing at the Stephen Keshi Stadium.
Insurance caused issues, though, and Efe Enebulele sent a dangerous free kick just wide of the goal in the 55th minute during an open period of the match in Asaba.
Imade Osavenkho threatened to score when he headed a corner towards goal just before the hour, although it was a comfortable save for the Cynosure goalkeeper.
The Benin Arsenal were awarded a penalty and Ayuba put the ball into the bottom corner in emphatic fashion.
With the game slipping from their grasp, Cynosure bombarded the Insurance area and created three chances but the former failed to score.