WHEN GOOD FOOTBALL  AND SPORTSMANSHIP TRIUMPHED

Stores’ left wingback Solomon smashed home a sizzling second goal and Akwa’s no.14 responded with pure magic of his own to bring the scores to 2-2 in yet another scintillating thriller at the Onikan waterfront. In the end, the Akwa players paid homage to the very fair-minded Stores supporters by lining up and bowing before them.

From the Stationery Stores perspective though, this will be a very painful loss of three points that were as good as wrapped up on the hour. Dangerman Fuad got us to the best possible start, scoring in the very first minute, straight from kick off, while Solomon added the second early in the second half when he met a low cross from the right with  that bomber of a shot that gave Akwa’s keeper absolutely no chance in this world.

A mistimed tackle by a Stores central defender earned Akwa Starlets a penalty which they converted without any dispute from Stores’ players. Akwa’s no.14 shirt then came up with that brilliant equalizer, flinging himself dexterously to volley in beyond the fully stretched hands of our debuting goalkeeper.

As the match dragged to an end, a neutral spectator remarked that Onikan is the only ground where an away team can come, play good football and be sure of getting points if they deserve. I replied by saying “yes, we like it that way: Stores has never been a cheating team and will never be”.

Fuad was unlucky to hit his dying minutes penalty on the cross bar, and next week we must fight the battle of our lives to get at least an away point as the league advances in the home stretch.

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