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By Tobi Samuel

Shooting Stars have returned to the top of Group C table in the ongoing NPFL Under-15 Promises tournament, after the Oluyole Warriors defeated ABS FC 2-0 at the Osogbo City Stadium on Wednesday.

MFM FC secured their first victory in the tournament after an emphatic 3-0 win over the whipping boys of the group Sunshine Stars in the first fixture of Matchday 3. Two matches produced five goals and exciting performances from the boys featuring for their clubs.

Eniayewu Hammed's brace inspired the Olukoya Boys to their first win in three matches, impressive Lawal Sulaimon also got among the goalscorers for the Lagos side. MFM settled down quickly into the game and got the first attempt at goal in the third minute, Abdusalam Toheeb sliced his effort wide.

MFM opened scoring in the 13th minute of the encounter when a well-taken freekick by Sulaimon hit the upright, the rebound fell to Eniayewu who put his side ahead from six yards. MFM dominated the first half after the opening goal but scoring opportunities from Sulaimon and Atoyebi Gideon failed to beat Sunshine Stars goalkeeper Olayinka Omosebi.

The second half resumed with Sunshine Stars as the better side. Ajibade Bankole came closed to levelling the scores for the Akure side but he shot wide from six yards. Amoo Dauda of Sunshine also missed a chance to put his team level, by shooting narrowly off target from the edge of the box in the 55th minute.

Hammed compounded Sunshine's woes three minutes later by doubling his team's lead and getting his second of the game from close range off a cross from Danladi Ibrahim from the left channel.

Aina Ayobami was fouled inside Sunshine's box in the 70th minute and the referee awarded a deserved penalty for MFM. Sulaimon stepped up and converted the spot kick to make it three-nil for the Church Boys. Sulaimon was booked seconds later for taking off his shirt when celebrating. Sunshine missed their opportunity to score a consolation when Sholola Sheriff handled the ball at the death of the game inside the box but MFM goalkeeper Habeeb Oladunni saved Peter Ademo's spot kick.

Eniayewu Hammed said to npfl.ng after the game that the victory will boost his team's confidence.

He said: "We lost the first game and drew the second. We are happy to win our third match and I believe the result will motivate us against Shooting Stars in our next game."

Two goals in each half of the game from Opoola Malik and Gbolahan Salami helped Shooting Stars defeated ABS FC 2-0. The Saraki Boys were top of the group with six points before the game but the victory has moved Shooting Stars to top spot with the same number of points (six) with ABS but a better goal difference.

Shooting Stars took an early lead through Opoola Malik when ABS defence failed to clear the ball in a goalmouth melee, Malik had the last touch to open scoring for the young Stars from Ibadan. Gbolahan Salami doubled the lead in the 66th minute to confirm his team's victory over ABS.

The young Salami who shares the same name with former Shooting Stars and Super Eagles forward Gbolahan Salami revealed that the latter is someone he models his style of play after.

"I'm priviledge to share the same name with Gbolahan Salami and also to play the same position as a striker with him. He is my mentor and I learnt a lot from him when he was playing at Shooting Stars. It feels so good to win another game in the tournament and we are gradually getting closer to our target," said Salami to npfl.ng.

Action continues in Osogbo on Matchday 4 on Thursday. Sunshine Stars and Remo Stars will battle for their first win in the tournament from 8am. The second game will have MFM FM and Shooting Stars square up at 10am.


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NPFL Results : MD21

NPFL League Table

# Team MP PTS
1 Plateau 21 39
2 El-Kanemi 21 36
3 IfeanyiUbah 21 34
4 MFM 21 34
5 Akwa FC 21 33
6 Lobi Stars 21 33
7 Niger 21 33
8 Abia 21 31
9 Enyimba 21 31
10 Nasarawa 21 30

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