Sunshine Stars FC of Akure came from a goal down to record a 2-1 win over Yobe Desert Stars in an enthralling matchday 13 Nigeria Professional Football Leauge game in Akure.
Babatunde Solomon stunned the home fans with the opening goal inside fourteen minutes and the home team responded fourteen minutes later with Yahuza Bala’s penalty before second half substitute Sikiru Alimi proved match winner for Sunshine Stars with a diving header.
Sunshine Stars, under the tutelage of caretaker coach Henry Abiodun started the game on the front foot but they had barely created a clear cut chance before their visitors from Damaturu capitalized on some defensive errors to take the lead.
Yobe Desert Stars right full back, Babtunde Solomon was at the right place at the right time to head home Usman Ali’s powerful throwing after Sunahine stars defenders and goalkeeper Henry Ayodele failed to clear their lines.
The home side however responded with more intensity and Bala Yahuza restored parity from the spot before the half hour mark after midfield maestro Dayo Ojo was hacked down in the box. Goalkeeper Paul Godwin guessed right but Yahuza’s low effort was too accurate to be kept out.
Sunshine Stars continue to press but the safe hands of Paul Godwin kept out Bala Yahuza powerful strike and a header from Franklin Sasere in quick succession. Man of the match, Dayo Ojo later missed from an acute angle after skipping past three markers with a brilliant solo run as the scoreline remained 1-1 at the break.
Pumped up from the restart, the Akure landlords came into the second forty five minutes with renewed firepower as they laid siege to the Yobe Desert Stars area. Henry Abiodun watched several chances go begging from the touchline but it was only a matter of time before his second half substitution paid off.
Fifteen minutes after coming on for goal scorer Yahuza, Sikiru Alimi scored Sunshine Stars’ second goal and eventual match winner with a diving header from an Abiodun Joseph cross.
With the home team in the lead for the first time in the game, the Desert machine almost responded immediately but Sunshine Stars cleared this time after a scary scramble in their box. Chidiebere Ajoku also thought he’d scored the equalizer for the visitors but his header was ruled out for offside.
Sunshine Stars continued to push but a third goal eluded them as they recorded their second victory in the last five matches.
They moved up to 14th on the table with 16 points from 13 games while Yobe Desert Stars remain 4th with 19 points from 12 matches.