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Grieving Sunshine Stars water down Doma United's title hope in Akure

Posted : 29 December 2023

Goals from Isaac Emmanuel and Opeoluwa Olufemi in the 20th and 47th minutes, respectively, were all Sunshine Stars FC needed to pick up maximum three points against visiting Doma United.

The match, played at Ondo State Sports Complex, had players and officials of both sides observe a minute of silence for Sunshine Stars' assistant kit manager Taiwo Dosumu and Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, who passed away.

Sunshine Stars wasted no time settling into the game, with Opeoluwa Olufemi calling Osayi Kingdom into action with a long-range shot from 25 yards.

In the 27th minute, Doma United mounted pressure in Sunshine Stars' half, combining well at the edge of the box to create a chance, but Mustafa Lawal in goal for Sunshine Stars saved superbly.

The first half ended 1-0 in favor of the home team, with few chances created by both sides.

Upon resumption in the second half, Sunshine Stars FC increased the tempo immediately and attacked from the right flank with beautiful displays from Isaac Emmanuel and Osahon Nelson.

The trio perfectly dispossessed Doma United defenders, dazzled in to create a chance for the goal sensation Opeoluwa Olufemi, who wasted no time slotting home the second for Sunshine Stars.

Coach Onigbinde of Doma United made changes seven minutes after conceding the second goal, but Sunshine Stars defenders marshaled.

In the 65th minute, Edith Agoye introduced Lucky Nwafor to add bite upfront as Aniete Uko made way.

Ten minutes later, Jide Jimoh and Dennis Chigozie were introduced by Edith Agoye.

This time, Nelson Osahon and Iwundu Chigozie made way.

In the 85th minute, Lucky Nwafor was so unlucky not to have added the third goal for Sunshine Stars following a counter-attack. Taiwo Rafiu perfectly gave a clear pass, but Lucky's shot was blocked with Osayi Kingdom the only one to beat.

The match eventually ended 2-0 in favor of Sunshine Stars FC.

Edith Agoye, in his post-match interview, appreciated the teeming fans who came out in large numbers to cheer his team.

The gaffer also commended his players for putting up a good fight, saying his side scored beautiful goals.

"I'm glad we finished the game in style. The win is absolutely important for us; we knew what we wanted and how to get it, and we did it."

Agoye further said the team won for the departed souls.



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