Week 18 of the Lagos Junior League, LJL, Premier League was one of mixed feelings for the top teams, as Surulere Sport City FC and Y.M.D Babes of Ojo secured the much needed maximum points in their pursuit of the title.
Unfortunately, Apapa Golden Stars and Ifako Ijaiye FC suffered presumable fatal blows to their title ambitions.
Qudus Yussuf’s 77th minute goal was what gave Surulere victory over Ifako Ijaiye at the Legacy Pitch of the National Stadium on Sunday evening.
The highly tactical, technical and emotional encounter was a joy to watch as it provided excitement and a dose of unpredictability. Before the encounter, both teams were level on points but Ifako had a superior goal difference.
Ifako Ijaiye was notably the dark horse in this year’s title race but they gave a good account of themselves on the day. Surulere’s victory however puts them firmly in a good position to seal the title this season.
Apapa Golden Stars slumped 2-0 to a resilient Oshodi Isolo side on Sunday morning at the Legacy goals. The Oshodi boys put up a spirited performance that effectively snuffed out Apapa’s threat.
The defeat cast a huge dent to Apapa’s title aspirations. On the other hand, Ojo Babes whitewashed Oriade FC 10-0 to seal Oriade’s fate of demotion from the prestigious Premier League.
Surulere will face in-form Oshodi Isolo on Wednesday in their outstanding match scheduled for the Legacy Pitch at the National Stadium by 4pm.
Lagos Island East 0-3 Eti Osa East
Kosofe 0-3 Lagos Island
Apapa 0-2 Oshodi
Apapa Iganmu 1-1 Lagos Mainland
Mushin 3-0 Imota
Itire Ikate 3-0 Odi Olowo
Mosan Okunola 1-1 Agege
Surulere 1-0 Ifako Ijaiye
Oriade 0-10 Ojo
Ajeromi Ifelodun 0-2 Onigbongbo.