Shooting Stars Stun Hosts Heartland 3-1 in Oba

Shooting Stars secured a surprise 3-1 win at Heartland in a resumed game on Monday. The match was postponed on account of heavy rainfall on Sunday with scores settled at 0-0 in the 26th minutes.

Tope Orelope opened scoring for the visitors after 36 minutes, smashing his effort from 20 yards beyond goalkeeper Iwu.

Heartland debutant, Fortune Omoniwari, brought proceedings back on even terms right on the stroke of half time.

Another debutant, this time from the Ibadan-based side, Cletus Itodo, pulled 3SC back in ascendancy, heading home a free-kick by Yinka Adedeji.

Nojeem Olulokun completed scoring, heading home a rebound of Ajani Ibrahim free-kick by Heartland goalkeeper on 64 minutes.

Junior Ajani Celebrates Scoring against Lobi Stars. Image: LMCNPFL.
Junior Ajani Celebrates Scoring against Lobi Stars. Image: LMCNPFL.

The win at the Rojenny Stadium means 3SC now sits comfortably in ninth position after 22 round of matches with 32 points, nine points behind leaders Enyimba.

Heartland are a point better than the Oluyole Warriors and a spot above the coach Gbenga Ogungbote side.

Heartland goalscorer, Omoniwari, said: “I’m not happy with the game despite that I scored in my first match. Scoring is my job but we lost, had it been we won, it would have been a different thing. As a team, I believe we will bounce back from this one (loss). Maybe in our next away game.”

Ogunbote (Shooting Stars coach): “I don’t want to see it as a revenge (after Heartland won in Ibadan) but rather an improvement for us, we have been able to score three goals on the road which is great. We hope we get the wisdom to manage this success.”

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