By Sedara Oluwadara
Shooting Stars have emerged champions of the inaugural FC Ebedei/ FC Midtjylland Year-End Invitational Tournament after a 3-1 win over Cornerstone FC at the Olubadan Stadium, Oyo StateAfter going into the finale of the four-team tourney which kicked off on November 18, a draw was the least the Oluyole Warriors needed to be crowned champions, as they had a plus two goals difference ahead Cornerstone FC despite both teams levelled on 6points each.
That they did, as they went unbeaten in three matches, spicing it up with 9 points and scoring 14 goals.
Not minding Shooting Star’s elite status, Cornerstone FC showed they would be stubborn to beat after they took the lead after 18 minutes of play via a strike from Adeleke Olamilekan.
Ifeanyi Ihemekule cut short Cornerstone FC’s joy of going into the locker room with a one-goal advantage when he scored the equalizing goal in the added time of the first half.
Shooting Stars then showed class in the second half scoring two goals in the 63rd minute via a fantastic strike from Tosin Olawale while Joshua Akpan put the icing on the cake in the 85th minute after he steered the ball into the bottom corner with the third goal after beating his marker in the box.
In the second final day game betweenFC Ebedei and Tradesafe FC ended in an 8-goal thriller, as the duo of Inyere James scored a hat-trick while Odekunle Musliu fired a brace to earn the Oliseh Boys their first 3 points.
After losing their first two matches each, FC Ebedei 1-4 Cornerstone FC, Shooting Stars 4-2 FC Ebedei and Shooting Stars 5-0 Tradesafe FC, Tradesafe FC 1-3 Cornerstone FC, both teams then set eyes for a third-place finish and three points at the FC Ebedei Stadium in Apele, Sagamu.
It was the Oliseh Boys that claimed the bragging rights going into the break with a comfortable three-goal lead with goals from Musliu and Inyere.
Inyere in the 74th minute gave FC Ebedei a three-goal cushion scoring his hat-trick to make it 5-2, after he broke in, from an on-side position to hammer home in confident fashion.In the closing minutes of the game, Tradesafe FC gave themselves a pat on the back scoring the third goal to put the scoreline at 5-3.