Tosin Omeyele’s lone goal was enough for 10-man Osun United FC to get advantage with a first leg Aiteo Cup quarter final 1-0 win over Sunshine Stars FC at the Oshogbo Township Stadium on Wednesday.
The major talking point prior to the match was about Sunshine Stars coach, Duke Udi facing his immediate former club Osun United, and his team came closest to drawing the first blood in the first half through Dayo Ojo who was denied by the woodwork in the 16th minute from a free kick.
Also at the other end the save hands of Sunshine Stars goalkeeper, Henry Ayodele and poor finishing denied the hosts on good occasions in the first half before and after Emmanuel Osigwe got the marching order for a second bookable offense, reducing the hosts to 10 men.
Few minutes after the break, Sunshine Stars were gifted a chance at goal however Sikiru Alimi could not find a way to beat Ayo Ojo in goal for Osun United after picking up a rebound from Sasere’s effort.
The difference of the match came for the hosts in the 63rd minute when Omoyele headed home what seems to be the winner from a goal mouth scramble to hand the Omoluabi Giants the advantage as Sunshine Stars failed to make the one-man down count.
Sunshine Stars assistance coach, Tony Alegbe in a post match interview lamented the poor playing surface of the of the Oshogbo Township Stadium and believed the second leg will be decisive.
“It was a good game but the game is far from over. The guys (Osun United) are not bad at all, they are young and hungry. Now we have to go back and work on lapses observed. The field is very bad and it affected our game. In Ijebu Ode we will have a good surface to play our game.” Alegbe posited.
Sunshine Stars will be looking to overturning the 1-0 deficit as they host Osun United in the return leg at the Dipo Dina Stadium in Ijebu Ode on Saturday.