Adeniji Savours Brace In Sunshine’s Defeat Of Gombe

Striker Tunde Adeniji made hay for Sunshine Stars in the second half of their Match Day 35 fixture against Gombe United in Wednesday’s Glo Premier League played at Akure Township Stadium in Ondo State. He afterwards told www.lmc-ng.org that scoring the brace was quite delightful for him and expressed the determination to continue to deliver on his responsibilities as a marksman.
The Akure Gunners struggled to a barren draw with the Savannah Scorpions till half time, but Adeniji returned to rescue the home side with two beautiful second half goals on the 53rd and 76th minutes to dowse the tension that had already reached boiling point at the Stadium. It was Adeniji’s eight strikes in the league for Sunshine, one more than the club’s erstwhile leading scorer.
Dele Olorundare and Dayo Ojo had slim opportunities to put Sunshine ahead but Super Eagles goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim frustrated their efforts.
Agbim, who earlier stood tall against the home side was caught unawares again by Adeniji’s classic volley 26 minutes after his first goal.
Adeniji had found himself unmarked around the box and sighted a badly positioned Agbim to perfectly lob the ball over the Gombe keeper to give Sunshine a superb 2-0 cushion on 76 minutes.
He would in a post match reaction describe the goals against Gombe as his best so far in the League, and was appreciative of the contributions of his team mates to the making of the goal.
“I’m glad that my goals gave Sunshine Stars the needed win against Gombe and I can’t ask for more because the brace was obviously my best this season”, the soft spoken Adeniji told www.lmc-ng.org.
He recalled scoring a similar goal against Crown FC at the same venue on Match Day 33l with Kingsley Eduwo getting the second in the 2-0 win.
The midweek match saw the Akure Gunners dominating proceedings and were rewarded for playing an attacking game though they missed innumerable chances.
Gombe, led by former Super Eagles Coach Austin Eguavoen posed a real threat from kick-off and showed class till the break, exploiting loopholes deep in Sunshine’s midfield, but Abdullahi Ibrahim and Philip Asuquo found it difficult to connect through passes.
The home side, who scandalously lost by 1-4 to Sharks Football Club in Port Harcourt last weekend however maintained higher ball possession and kept their composure to contain the visitors from Gombe.
Gombe was left to rue Peter Iyamu’s failure to score when he faced the Sunshine goalkeeper with just three minutes to full time of the tension-soaked encounter. Despite the loss, Goalkeeper Agbim said his team put up a good fight but were unlucky to have conceded the two goals to the home side.


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