By TUNDE SHAMSUDEEN
Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) Football Club on Sunday evening bounced back from its 3-0 loss to Lobi Star to beat visiting Shooting Stars Sport Club (3SC) 2-0 in the NPFL match day five contest at the Kwara Stadium Complex, Ilorin.
The Saraki Boys began the game brightly from the blast of the referee’s whistle, mounting serious pressure on the defence of the Oluyole Warriors.
The duo of Adeshina Gata and Chigozirim Metu became too rattling for the Fatai Amoo tutored side as the consistent pressure on the Oluyole Warriors defence almost gave ABS the lead in the 24th minute when Suraj Sodiq fouled Metu in the box and the centre referee wasted no time pointing to the spot kick.
Metu had picked up a pass from the left flank, drove towards Sodiq and the dribbled the former Nigeria U-20 defender brought him down as he dribbled past him.
There was however confusion among the ABS players in who to take the penalty until Adeshina Gata came forward but Uweru Michael in goal for Shooting was well positioned to pick up Metu’s flick.
The Saraki Boys did not relent in ensuring a victory over the Oluyole Warriors as Mohammed Mohammed beat other 3SC defenders inside the box to tap home the first goal in 39th minute. The former Heartland FC of Owerri striker capitalized on a defensive error to score his third of the season.
The hosts returned for the second half just the way they ended the first but the Ibadan based side were unlucky in front of goal with their scanty chances even as the duo of Chinedu Ajanah and Ernest Governor were hard knots for 3SC to crack.
Samuel Oyedeji’s quick play on a set piece resulting from a foul on Metu found Chukwuebuka Anaekwe and the left full back made no mistake in hitting in the second for the homers in the 52nd minute.
Suraj Sodiq had again brought down a turbo charged Metu inches away from the middle of the pack and Oyedeji saw an unmarked Anaekwe and launched the ball unto path which the defender quickly tapped home before 3SC could pick themselves together.
The win takes the Saraki Boys to the 3rd position on the log with 10 points from possible 15 with 3 wins, one draw and a loss.
ABS FC will lock horns with Kano Pillars on Sunday at the Sanni Abacha Stadium, Kofarmata, on match day 6.