Zion FC, Ondo have thrown proceedings in Group B of the ongoing BetKing Ondo State Residents Football Tournament open following an impressive 2-1 win over NPFL All-Stars of Akure.
Sadiq Akinpelu opened scoring in the 17th minute to the surprise of the highly rated NPFL Stars.
Tope Oladele made it all square, equalizing for NPFL All-Stars fourteen minutes later.
With a minute left in the first half Niyi Oyeyemi restored Zion’s lead with a sweet strike, to make 2-1.
In the other tie, OSOPADEC FC, Igbokoda were pegged to a goalless draw by a gritty Idanre United side.
Coach Boyede Ogunderu of OSOPADEC expressed disappointment but remained optimistic of topping the group to qualify for Sunday’s final.
“It was a difficult match for my boys who showed resilience but I remain hopeful that we shall top the group.”
For the coach of Idanre United, Busayo Ogunyanmodi, there is all to play for despite a scoreless outing for his team in 180 minutes of action.
“I am disappointed that we have yet to record a goal in 180 minutes, however, I am impressed by the performance of Idanre United despite series of injuries which kept some of my players out of the game. I assure that those key players will return for the last game against Zion.”
The pre-season tournament continues today with the last round of games in Group A.
Emalex FC 0 Ekimogun FC 0
ASO Football Academy 1 Able God FC 0
Zion FC 0 OSOPADEC FC 1
NPFL All-Stars 0 Idanre United 0
Emalex FC 0 ASO Football Academy 2
Ekimogun FC 1 Able God FC 1
Zion FC 2 NPFL All-Stars 1
OSOPADEC FC 0 Idanre United 0
ASO Football Academy 6pts +3
Ekimogun FC 2pts 0
Able God FC 1pt -1
Emalex FC 1pt -2
OSOPADEC FC 4pts +1
Zion FC 3pts 0
Idanre United 2pts 0
NPFL All-Stars 1pt -1
Ekimogun FC vs ASO Football Academy
Emalex FC vs Able God FC
Saturday, July 22
OSOPADEC FC vs NPFL All-Stars
Zion FC vs Idanre United
Sunday, July 23
2nd Group A vs 2nd Group B
Sunday, July 23
ASO Football Academy vs 1st Group B