Ekene Awazie’s header in the last minute of the Southwest derby, handed Shooting Stars an away point rather than the maximum three points in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Matchday 30 clash in Shagamu on Wednesday.
Shooting Stars went ahead in the 65th minute with an header from James Moses off a corner kick and were ahead till the last minute of the game, Ekene Awazie headed in from a corner to deal a point for the home team.
Mostly disappointed were the traveling fans from Ibadan who had believed that the three points already secured.
From the start, Shooting Stars had kicked off the game with all seriousness to pick the maximum points, but it was not long before Remo United took control with Mboma Victor, Ekene Awazie and Umar Martaba poking Shooting’s defence at will, getting the supply from Obi Ekene and Onuoha from the midfield.
The slippery, grassy pitch did not help matters as the trio of Ajani Ibrahim, Abu Azeez and Wasiu Jimoh took long before finding their bearings despite their co- ordinated efforts. That was the situation till the end of the first half.
However, Shooting Stars game much improved performance in the second half with Wasiu Jimoh forcing a parried save from Remo Stars goalie Adekunle Tunde, before the resultant corner kick was headed in by James Moses on 65th minute of the encounter.
By the result, Shooting Stars are now with 37 points from 30 games in 16 position and will face Enyimba FC on Sunday in Ibadan for the match day 31 fixture.
While giving his post match reaction to www.3sc.com.ng, Shooting Stars Technical Adviser Fatai Amoo summed it up that “we had the game in our grips, but we lost it when it matter most. Very painful but the battle continues. Now we should think about the next game.”
Remo Stars Coach Fatai Osho also gave his remarks that It was not a bad result for his team. “My boys gave a good fight and we salvage a point. We shall continue to fight”.