.Photo: Sunshine Stars’ Dele Olorundare scores in the 2-0 defeat of Shooting Stars in the Glo NPL match in Akure on Sunday. –
Sunshine Stars moved to the top of the Glo Premier League log after Match Day 8 on Sunday following a deserved 2-0 win over Shooting Stars Sports Club, 3SC of Ibadan in Akure, npfl.ng reports.
Two goals within seven minutes in the second half ensured the Akure Gunners also maintained their 100 percent home record this season while pushing their regional rivals 3SC into the relegation zone.
The match, watched by 5,319 fans, started off at a blistering pace as both sides showed intent with the early exchanges.
Both teams created good goalscoring opportunities and the two goalkeepers had to be called to duty on several occasions to keep their sides in the game.
With little to separate the teams, as they cancelled themselves out tactically and physically, the players needed some inspiration to break the duck as the first half ended goalless.
Red-hot Tunde Adeniji calmed the frayed nerves of the turbo charged but partisan home crowd at the Akure Stadium in the 60th minute with a lucky tap in after 3SC defenders dilly dallied in the box.
Adeniji’s strike, his fifth this season, keeps him in contention for the top scorers gong this season.
Seven minutes later, the impressive Seun Olulayo fed a dangerous cross into 3SC’s box from the left, a lurking Dele Olorundare reacted the quickest to the ball, jabbing it past goalkeeper Abiodun Akande from a tight angle.
The tension on the pitch and the frustration of the home fans had created some moments of worry at half time as the resumption of play for the second half was delayed by about 5 minutes.
With 2 goals in the bag, Sunshine Stars were in control of proceedings for most of the second half, the visitors were more than satisfied to keep the scoreline slim until the blast of the final whistle.
Super Eagles defender Kunle Odunlami, former youth international Kingsley Udoh, Dayo Ojo, Dele Olorundare and the lively Prince Aggrey gave good accounts of themselves for the new league leaders, while Rasheed Olabiyi, Yinka Adedeji, Moses James, Alaba Osawe and U-23 striker Ajayi Junior were outstanding for the visitors.
3SC started the game with five former players of Sunshine Stars; Yinka Adedeji, Moses James, Alaba Osawe, Suraj Sodiq and Adeniyi Alaba, while the reserve goalkeeper Afeso Attah, Adamu Yahaya and Muyiwa Lawal were on the substitute bench.
Kingsley Eduwo who came in as a substitute for Sunshine Stars in the second half was signed from 3SC at the beginning of the season.