The Shooting Stars had to settle for a point today against Ekiti United at the Dipo Dina Stadium, Ijebu-Ode, exactly three weeks after they faced the same opponents and played out a draw.
The game began with both teams cautiously probing the opposition defence, trying to find gaps and only came to life in the 12th minute when 3SC star striker, Gafar Olafimihan had a good chance to open the scoring but saw his effort deflected out for a corner kick by an Ekiti United defender.
The visitors soon found themselves on the back foot after that as the home team quickly grew into the game and began to attack with purpose down the wings. The pressure from the home team continued to grow as the visitors decided to defend in numbers and counterattack when they could, and were a couple of loose final passes away from catching the Oluyole Boys out on the break.
Just before the half time whistle, the Ekiti United ‘keeper, Oladeji Joshua had to be at his best to keep out a couple of chances from Abbey Benson and Taiye Muritala, deflecting the latter’s chance out for a corner kick. The referee blew to signal half-time soon after the corner kick was taken and successfully cleared by the visiting defence.
The second half saw 3SC continue to dominate the game and in the 65th minute no one watching was surprised as Gafar Olafimihan broke the deadlock, slamming the ball past Oladeji Joshua from close range.
Soon after, the game was leveled as Ekiti United took advantage of some slack defending to gratefully take their chance and leave Dimeji Lawal, the 3SC head coach pulling his hair out in exasperation.
The Oluyole Boys valiantly tried to get another goal but it was just not to be as Ekiti United dug in and defended stoutly, emerging with another point against 3SC when the referee blew the final whistle.