Stationary Stores won 2-0
Stationery Stores of Lagos on Thursday at the Onikan Stadium defeated their old time rival, Shooting Stars, 2-0, in a Nigeria National league (NNL) Week 3 encounter.
The highly hyped NNL fixture lived to its billing as both teams reenacted the good old days when Stores and Shooting Stars were top teams in the country.
In Thursday’s game, Stores made their home advantage count as they scored a goal in each half to defeat Shooting Stars and effectively record their first win of the season.
The result conversely ended 3SC’s unbeaten run in the Nigeria National league.
The Oluyole Warriors will have themselves to blame as they failed to take the lead at the early part of the game after Edem Francis failed to convert a penalty kick awarded to them.
It was the upright that denied the former First bank defender who was regarded as a spot kick specialist.
After earlier misses, Onwrebe Raphael’s 42nd header finally gave Stores the lead.
Stores fans though happy to take lead were not too satisfied with the decision of the centre referee particularly on the spot kick awarded. The home fans registered their displeasure immediately after the half time whistle was blown.
On resumption of the second 45 minutes , Shooting stars kept the game in good shape with good attacking football, corner kicks, on targets and possession but Stationery stores capitalised on a counter attack resulting in the second goal, courtesy of Ajah Festus.
Coach Franklin Howard’s attempt to salvage something for Shooting stars saw him bring in Okiki Afolabi for Adeyeye Yemi but all effort to get a consolation goal were in vain as Stores held firm to their 2-0 lead.
With the Week 3 games now completed, 3SC have four points from three games while Stores have acquired five points from the same number of games.
For the next round of fixtures, Shooting Stars will host Go round FC in Ibadan on Sunday while Stationery stores will play a derby match against MFM in Lagos.