Shooting Stars have gone top of Group B after they brushed aside FC Ebedei on Matchday 1 of the Optima Energy Gold Cup 11th edition.
The FC Ebedei Stadium in Apele-Sagamu hosted the tie between the rookies and the professionals; and it was the Oluyole Warriors that edged stubborn Oliseh Boys 2-1, to start their campaign on a right footing.
After a good exchange of string passes and good team transitions from both teams within eight minutes of play, it was Ayobami Adekunle that put 3SC in the front burnner to score the first goal of the match with a cool finish some few seconds later.
He should have made it 2-0 in the going into the break five minutes earlier, after he beat his marker to nod in a cross from Lekan Oderinde but his effort went wide as the first ended a goal to nil to last year’s runner-up.
After an hour and a minute of play, Ebenezer Omihi drew level for FC Ebedei with lovely low shot from the Oliseh Boys first real chance at goal.
Shooting Stars in the 77th minute, then proved why they are a Premier League side as they regained the lead courtesy a strike from Mustapha Adams.
Gbenga Ogunbote in his post-match chat with Optima Energy Gold Cup Media Channel, “Its our first game and 3points. Credit to FC Ebedei as their play didn’t surprise me. The team has a collection of good players, the lads are young and hungry as they want to make a mark for themselves when they play against topflight teams.
“We have crossed the FC Ebedei hurdle, the focus now is on the game against Niger Tornadoes on Matchday 2.”
The Oluyole Warriors leads the Group B log with 3points, followed by Niger Tornadoes and Tradesafe FC with a point each after they played out a 1-1 draw in the morning fixture.