Shooting Stars Sports Club continued their resurgence under newly hired coach Gbenga Ogunbote with a well-earned point after a goalless draw at Bayelsa United, npfl.ng reports.
3SC now have four points out of six with the former Sharks coach in charge.
The Match Day 12 encounter decided at the Oghara Township Stadium produced no goals as both teams struggling at the lower rung of the Glo Premier League table cancelled each other out in 90 minutes.
It was a battle of set-pieces early on as both teams, lacking good play-makers resorted to long throw-ins which ultimately failed to yield any good scoring opportunity.
Bayelsa United thought they had opened the scores when 3SC’s goalkeeper Afeso Attah fumbled a tame cross but Lekan Agunloye was adjudged to have fouled Yinka Adedeji in the ensuing scramble.
Adedeji however almost gifted the hosts a goal when he attempted a backward header to the goalkeeper but with the sun rays blurring his sights, lost his footing and Bayelsa United’s Buhari Jafar hit a first time effort which came off the cross bar.
The best chance of the opening exchanges went to 3SC’s Najeem Olukokun whose flicked attempt went agonizingly wide off Paul Godwin’s right side of the post.
3SC almost went ahead late in the first half when again Olukokun headed an Adedeji corner at the far post. His attempt went beyond Godwin but Bayelsa United defender Alex Aghahowa cleared off the goalline to keep the scores level at the interval.
The hosts became livelier in the second half with Jafar at the centre of every good thing they created. The pint-sized attacker came so close to scoring on 52 minutes heading a Musa Najare flick just over from five yards.
Bayelsa United tried in vain to break a well-organized Shooting Stars backline and when they got behind the defence, goalkeeper Afeso Attah produced some inspiring saves, twice denying Jafar and defender Dengo Ebinipre.