Thursday, February 27, 2014

Stores down 3SC in derby

Stationery Stores on Thursday defeated 3SC two-nil in a Nigeria National League (NNL) game in. Lagos to claim bragging rights against their southwest rivals.

Raphael Onwrebe and Festus Ajah scored in each half of the southwest derby to ensure that Stores won their first full points of the season after draws against Abia Comets and Gateway United in their opening two games of the season.

Buoyed by their fans packed inside the Onikan Stadium, also now known as the Flaming Arena, Stores quickly got into the groove in their first league clash in 22 years against their eternal rivals.

Ajah's attempt on goals inside the opening 10 minutes forced a brilliant save out of Abiodun Akande in goal for 3SC.

Stores continued to press high up against 3SC in the opening minutes and almost took the lead on 13 minutes when Jegede Olaniyi's header grazed the woodwork.

Akande however continued to stand in the way of Stores and a goal until the 29th minute when 3SC were awarded a spot kick by centre referee, James Amadi after Samuel Akinbinu was fouled inside the goal area.

But 3SC's spot kick specialist, Francis Edem stepped forward and smashed the ball onto the wood work to the relief of the Stores' players, their bench and supporters.

The Ibadan club then paid dearly for Edem's miss from 12 yards out 10 minutes later when Onwrebe rose up to nod away the game's opening goal to give Stores a goal lead into the break.

The Flaming Flamingoes returned to the arena in the restart more resolute to get an insurance goal and that they did.

In the 56th minute, Ajah did well aerially to evade his markers to head home the second goal for the hosts.

Head coach of 3SC, Franklin Howard, could only respond by sending on Bobby Clement and Yemi Adeleye to replace Oladele Eweje and Okikiola Afolabi respectively.

But the changes brought little effect as Stores held on for a first league win in the National League this season.

Stores are now fourth in the NNL table with five points after three rounds of matches while 3SC are now in 11th position.

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