Timilehin Omo Jesu Ogunniyi’s sublime goal proved decisive as Sunshine Stars clinched maximum points in Sunday’s NPFL matchday two contest with FC Ifeanyiubah, to get off on a winning note in the year 2021.
It took the playmaker nine minutes to make the early dominance of his side count off an expertly dispatched free kick from the edge.
The advantage could have been doubled 10 minutes later when Fuad Ekelojuoti combined brilliantly with Tolu Oluwole on the break, but the former was denied by a last ditch challenge in front of goal.
The break in play at the interval did not in any way alter the hosts’ firm control of the game and in the 61st-minute young sensation, Ayo Adejubu punched above his frame to squeeze past the visitor’s backline, however, his effort kept rising in front of goal.
Nonetheless, Sunshine Stars comfortably close out the game for their first win of the season, and will next play MFM in the first installment of the 2020/21 season Southwest derby on match day three at the Soccer Temple, Agege, Lagos.
Post Match Reactions
Both coach Ogunbote and man of the match, Omo Jesu shared their thoughts with the media after the game.
Ogunbote: “We are happy we are able to get the three points, it will remove some sort of pressure away from the team. Disappointed we did not take most of our chances, we should be three goals up. We will do some talking and corrections so it will be better next time.
“I want to canvass for understanding, understanding in the sense that we are still a team in the making and as a result the fans have to be patient with us.”