The much-anticipated South-West derby was played during the last of three matches in the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL). Rowing Stars and Shooting Stars at the Ikenne Township Stadium on Wednesday.
Remo Stars extended their dominance over their regional rivals with another 2-0 win.
Being a derby test, it was widely expected to be a masterclass of all the games of the week.
Many were eager to see coach Gbenga Ogunbote on his first official visit to Ikenne since he left Remo and pitched his tent with Shooting Stars last year.
It was not good for Oracle as their team was condemned to a 2-0 defeat by the hosts.
It was their first defeat of the season, as they dropped to ninth place with two points.
As Remo Stars coach Daniel Ogunmodede told PREMIUM TIMES before the game that his boys would play with their heads, they showed on the field as Sky Blue Stars scored twice in the second half after a barren first. the half
An own goal on the hour and a curler from substitute Godwin Odibo in the 70th minute saw Remo Stars overtake Bendel Insurance at the top of Group A with nine points.
In the sixth minute of the match, Remo Stars Seun Ogunribide’s effort was in vain and three minutes later Kayode Bankole stopped the Shooting Stars attack.
In the first 20 minutes of the game Sky Blue Stars pressured the visitors to get an early goal.
The team work between Olalekan Adedayo and Samuel Anakwe was futile after the latter failed to attempt Olalekan’s final pass into the box.
Two minutes later, Uko Aniete’s long-range effort was missed when Uko, Dayo Ojo, in the 25th minute, went over the bar.
The pattern continued at halftime, with neither team scoring
At the start of the second half, coach Daniel Ogunmodede made a tactical substitution with former IkoroduCity player Godwin Odibo replacing Samuel Anakwe.
And in the 51st minute, substitute Odibo intercepted a midfield ball and then sent the ball to Andy Okpe, who failed to connect with the ball.
Meanwhile, on the hour mark, Okpe was involved in Sky Blue Stars’ equalizer after picking up a pass from Dayo Ojo, the lithe striker slotting into the visitors’ box before scoring on a 3SC player of his own. goal.
10 minutes later, substitute Odibo doubled the lead for the hosts after slotting under goalkeeper Adeniyi Bamidele to register his first NPFL goal since IkoroduCity moved to Remo Stars from NNL side last year.
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The visitors would have scored what could have been a consolation goal but Ayo Adejubu failed to challenge for a cross in the 79th minute.
Remo Stars’ sparkling performance will be tested when they visit high-flying Bendel Insurance in Benin on Saturday.
On the other hand, Shooting Stars who have not won a game this season will play against the new El Kanemi Warriors on Sunday at the Lekan Salami Stadium.
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