3SC End Rivers United Unbeaten Run
The unbeaten start of Rivers United to this season’s Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) has ended at the hands of an energetic Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC)
Sunday Faleye and Jide Apena struck either side of half time to render Lukman Mohammed’s effort in the first period purely academic and hand the hosts a richly-deserved win at a frenzied Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba, Ibadan.
United actually started the brighter of the two sides and should have taken the lead in the seventh minute through Ivoirian marksman, Guy Kuemian but his header from five yards off a precise Ifeanyi Nweke cross failed to trouble the 3SC goalkeeper, Adamu Abubakar.
The visitors continued to dictate the play until the 17th minute when the home side took the lead against the run of play.
It could have been worse for United as the hosts fluffed their lines on more than a solitary occasion, missing a plethora of chances that could have left the ‘Pride of Rivers’ shamefaced.
A flurry of late substitutions, with Nzube Anaezemba and poster boy, Bernard Ovoke leading the charge, failed to save the day for the visitors.
Late chances arrived but were spurned and in the end, the hosts held out for the win, richly deserved as echoed by their head coach, Fatai Amoo.
“We were motivated knowing we were facing one of the best clubs (Rivers United) in the country.
“We knew United could easily reduce us to dust if we did not come to the party and that is what really motivated us.
“I thank God that my young boys proved that with time, they will grow,” the beaming tactician told supersport.com after the contest.
United’s technical manager, Stanley Eguma conceded that his charges lost to a better side on the day.
“The big lesson that we will take from this game was that we didn’t start well plus some blunders we committed in the second half after getting back into the game with the equalizer.
“Going five matches unbeaten does not make you invincible and that is something we have to learn,” he said.
The defeat sees United drop from fifth to eighth on the NPFL log while 3SC rise from 19th to 12th.