By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Odusina Sunkanmi and Iwundu Chidozie scored in each half as Gateway United defeated Bendel Insurance 2-nil to end the first stanza of the 2020/2021 Nigeria National League (NNL) season on a high at MKO Abiola International Stadium, Kuto Abeokuta.
The matchday 13 fixture did live up to expectations with the home side dictating the pace of the game. The first goal scare came in the 15th minute when Seyi Okeowo’s header went wide off a freekick.
Seyi Okeowo came close again in the 20th minute with an effort cleared off for a corner in a tight space by Insurance goalie, Kolawole Oladipo.
The visiting side also showed impetus with Ismail Saraki heading side net. However, on the stroke of halftime, Haruna Salifu chested down for Olasunkanmi Odusina who made no mistake in firing a fantastic pile-driver into the net.
The Hakeem Busari tutored continued from where it left off in the second half and 7 minutes into the game, Iwundu Chidozie rose highest to head home Ogunleye Sulaimon’s cross past Insurance’s Kolawole Oladipo.
The remainder of the game saw the introduction of Taye Yusuf and Aribisala Timilehin at the expense of Seyi Okeowo, Victor Adeoye as Gateway United kept piling the pressure for the third but it was Insurance who resolutely defended their goal to avoid further damage.
Sunkanmi Odusina was thereafter awarded the Man of The Match with a cash gift by Ogun FA chairman Alhaji Gani Majekodunmi.
Gateway United will now face Bendel Insurance in a reverse fixture on 20th April 2020 at Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City.
Elsewhere, Ugochukwu’s goal was enough to hand FC One Rocket a 1-0 win over Remo Stars.
Dynamite Force defeated Vandrezzer FC 1-3 at Agege Stadium. The opening goal of the game came in the 17th minute after the referee showed no hesitation in pointing to the spot as Michael Ipaye’s goal-bound strike was handled in the box.
Amos Okoro fired the spot-kick into the net as he sent Dynamite Force goalie, Udo Treasure the wrong way.
In the second half, Dynamite Force got the equaliser against the run of play through Chukwuebuka Valentine.
The visitors extended their lead through Harrison Odumsor and Hadi Emmanuel.
Nnewi United, Holy Arrows, Rovers, and Giant Brillars also got victories from Saturday games in the Nigeria National League (NNL) as more games will be played on Sunday in the Southern Conference.
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