In an exhilarating start to the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) 2023/2024, Shooting Stars (3SC) emerged victorious against Plateau United with a scoreline of 2-1 at the Lekan Salami Stadium this evening.
The match kicked off with both teams displaying their attacking prowess, but it was 3SC who dominated possession and pushed for the opener. However, Plateau United’s defense held strong, loading more men at the rear to thwart any attempts.
It took until the 33rd minute for 3SC to find the breakthrough they were looking for. Ayobami Adekunle scored a sensational goal, giving his team the lead. The first half ended with 3SC leading 1-0.
The Warriors continued their relentless pursuit of increasing their tally in the second half. Players like Ayobami Junior, Joshua Akpan, Ayobami Adekunle, skipper Malomo Taofeek, and Oke Kayode worked tirelessly upfront.
In the 62nd minute, Alex Aghahowa suffered an injury and was substituted by Quadry Raheem. Despite this setback, 3SC maintained their composure. Ovunda Darlintin made an impressive save from outside the 18-yard box, while Malomo Taofeek’s cross was cleared by the Plateau United defense.
Plateau United’s captain, Daniel Itodo, attempted his trademark long throw, but the 3SC defense line stood firm. In the 73rd minute, Plateau United equalized and Shooting Stars responded within a minute, taking 3SC lead to 2-1.
As the match approached its conclusion, there was controversy when a clear penalty call was ignored by the referee, denying Shooting Stars the opportunity to add a third goal. Plateau United created some anxious moments in the 3SC goal area but failed to convert their chances.
In a nervy end to the encounter, Shooting Stars emerged victorious with a final score of 2-1. The Warriors started their NPFL campaign on a winning note, showcasing their determination and skill on the field.