STORES 2, SHOOTING STARS 0: These Boys Can Play

Onikan waterfront was jam packed as Lagos’ darling club, Stationery Stores FC hosted Shooting Stars Sports Club (formerly IICC, WNDC) in the first ‘south west derby’ of the season. The ‘alamalas’ from Ibadan came with two lorry loads of supporters but met their match as the Stores supporters had already taken strategic positions around the stadium.

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Legendary goalkeeper Peter Rufai a.k.a dodo mayana was there to cheer his team 

In fact, despite being barely being 2 or 3 weeks old in the league, Stores impressively appeared to have won a sponsor already as hundreds of the club’s sparkling jerseys bearing the logo of 1960 Bet were distributed free of charge to the supporters in the stadium. The extra motivation of the supporters was however nearly dampened when 3SC was awarded a rather soft penalty in the opening minutes of the game. The supporters were very angry and Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe had to leave his VIP seat to come and calm their nerves.

Thereafter it was nothing short of carnival for the supporters as Stores’ players took full control on the pitch, treating spectators to a mouth watering delight of vintage Brazilian samba.

THE GAME

Stores simply took off from where they left it last time against Abia comets. After the early penalty was missed by the Ibadan boys, the Adebajo Babes went on a swift counter attack which however saw Olaniyi Jelelola missing the ball in a glorious position inside the 3SC 6-yard box.

From that point Stores never looked back as they focused on their fluid passing game despite 3SC’s strong opposition. The first goal was a marvel to watch as a deft interchange of passes on the right flank was capped with a low pull out which striker Raphael Onwrebe met with a scintillating diving header to bury the ball in the net.

Although playing without the enterprising Musa Sadiq due to injury, Stores continued to bamboozle the Ibadan boys with their sleek play, and midway into the second half, got their second goal through their second striker, Festus Ajah who headed low to beat 3SC’s goalkeeper to the far corner.

It was a 4-4-2 formation this time around from coach Taiwo Enegwea, which helped the team match the very strong game of 3SC, while the two strikers this time around played with much more panache and confidence. At the back, the central defensive duo of Jimoh Olawale and Olufemi Thomas were very competent as they responded well to the attacking threats on the ground and from the air,

Final scores: STORES 2 v 3SC 0.

PLAYER RATINGS

GOALKEEPER:                                          Adeniyi Oguntoye             6

A good keeper no doubt, but yet to be really tested.

RIGHT BACK:                                            Akeem Hoseni                   6

Worked hard enough.

LEFT BACK:                                              Adeola Fatolu                  6

Can do more offensively.

CENTRE BACK:                                         Jimoh Olawale                 7

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Another composed and assured performance.

CENTRE BACK:                                         Olufemi Thomas              7

Did well in motivating the attack.

CENTRAL DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDER:        Ayo Filani (Captain)          6

Quiet but efficient in shielding his defenders.

ATTACKING MIDFIELDER:                        Olaniyi Jelelola                 6

When you have an ‘Etim Esin’ physique, you work hard to make it count on the field.

ATTACKING MIDFIELDER:                        Chinoso Nwawu                 6

Again we need to see more of the ‘No. 10’ in him. Assisted Filani in shielding the defence.

ATTACKER:                                               Oghenovo Uzeze            6

Worked hard throughout.

ATTACKER:                                               Festus Ajah                     7

Gradually finding his feet.

ATTACKER:                                               Raphael Onwrebe           7  (MVP)

Showed his maroon-dyed hair was not for the fun of it: Scored a fantastic goal.

SUBS:     Dimeji Hassan (for Fatolu) and Chigozie Mbonu ( for Onwrebe)

Both helped in maintaining the momentum.

COACH: Taiwo Enegwea

Continuing Stores’ tradition of playing the Barcelona – like tiki taka which worked very well for him today.

FINAL WORD

The boys are settling in. This was Stores’ most comfortable win against Shooting Stars in history and if they maintain their unbeaten record, promotion looks assured. Our strikers responded to my criticism last time by both getting on to the scoresheet. Now Nonso, Jelelola and Ovo must each work hard to convince us that we have a playmaker among them.

Iyo!

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It was a full house for the ‘south west derby’

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