Plateau United dim Shooting Stars to stay in top spot
A goal in each half by Emmanuel Odafe and Ibeh Johnson were all Plateau United needed to beat Shooting Stars 2-0 at the Rwang Pam Stadium, Jos on Sunday.
This was a match where maximum points meant everything to both teams. Plateau United are eyeing a historic first title while Shooting Stars need an escape from the relegation waters.
The scenario was well set for a feisty outing but a combination of a heavy rainfall and Kennedy Boboye's inclination for the long throw-ins robbed the game of finesse.
Plateau United were heavily reliant on Daniel Itodo's long throw-ins that the technical abilities of the players is largely subdued. From the first minute when Plateau United won a throw-in and the fans screamed; 'Itodo...Itodo.' It pointed to one of those days. That throw led to two corner kicks in quick succession.
Subsequently, the game turned into an Itodo throw-in exhibition, a situation many are now used to when Plateau United play. For Shooting Stars, the larger part of the game was dedicated to warding off Itodo's throw-ins.
Ironically, the goals didn't come from the throws but free kicks.
Plateau United: Dele Ajiboye, Emma James (Elisha Golbe, 83'), Daniel Itodo, Jimmy Ambrose Ogene Elijah, Salomon Junior, Peter Eneji Jr (Sunday Ingbede, 73'), Emmanuel Odafe, Kabiru Umar, Ibeh Johnson, Benjamin Turba (Hamzat Owolabi, 61') Shooting Stars: Tambe Charrles, Seun Akinyemi, Omololu Waheed, Modes James, Samuelson Owono, Osawa Alaba, Tayo Adebogun (Junior Merenini,67'), Nonso Mbakwe (Wasiu Jinoh,64'), Najeem Olukokun, Abu Azeez, Adebayo Abayomi
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