Morgan Agbeko 23rd minute header helped Remo Stars FC secure all three points against FC One Rocket in the first game of the 2020/21 NNL second stanza at Remo Stars Stadium, Ikenne-Remo.
Both side started brilliantly in the early minutes of the game but the host came closer to go ahead in the 3rd minute after Ismail Sodiq located Agbeko Morgan who in turn sent in a cross but nobody was close to convert.
What looked like the closest opportunity for the Sky Blue Stars came in the 5th minute after Ogunribide Oluwaseun took a short pass to Adedayo Olamilekan, he took the shot immediately before Abel Akah handled the ball inside the box.
The visitors delayed the game for five minutes before Agbeko Morgan stepped up to take the spot kick, Nwoko punched the ball towards Adah Mathias but his rebound went wide.
After a while, the host finally broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute as Agbeko Morgan rose high to nod in a free kick from Ismail Sodiq after the referee sighted an infringement on Adedayo Olamilekan.
The Sky Blue Stars tried to double their lead after Ogunribide Oluwaseun took a corner kick, Adah Mathias nodded up and it fell towards Agbeko Morgan who took a shot after sighting Nwoko out of his line but Etim Charles was quick to clear to maintain the scoreline.
Towards the end of the first half, Adah Mathias would have recorded his name in the goalscorers sheet but the woodwork denied his brilliant free kick.
The introduction of Dada Oladimeji and Nwala Ifeanyi brighten up the game with the former creating chances that could have gone in favour of the host. He dribbled two of his markers to shoot at goal but the visitor’s goalkeeper was calm enough to pull a save.
The visitors continued to find an equaliser but the host seem satisfied with the loan goal to give them maximum points in the week 14 of the ongoing Nigeria National League.
Meanwhile, Head Coach of Remo Stars FC, Daniel Ogunmodede have alluded to the fact that he feels elated getting all three points against FC One Rocket in match day 14.
Speaking immediately after the match, the boss said he expected a tougher game because his wards faced a familiar opponent who understood his style of play.
“I feel elated, with my experience in the game, I am aware and I know that the toughest match for us to play is this match because it is the first match in the second round, and we are playing a team we played in the last game of the first round, they are also a familiar folks, and they are friends to majority of our players, they know what we want to do, they feel they have the intent to come here and stop us from playing our system, but we tried to do the thing our own way and it yielded positively.”
Ogunmodede spoke on the victory “The most important thing is the three points and the ability to fight back to get what we deserve.”
“The positives I picked as coach is that we created the chances, but we didn’t take them, we will go back to training, work more on converting our chances. They are young boys and very anxious to get goals against the team they just played couple of weeks back, it’s like playing a return leg and it isn’t easy most especially when we lost the penalty, they were under pressure but I tried to calm them down to play their football, they had that opportunity, and they scored the goal.”
“Morgan is a young boy (U18), for him to go pick the ball to play the penalty is worth been credited, he is a young chap. We have players in the team who are older than him but for him to pick up the ball showed his class, he has never lost a penalty and fortunately for him, he fought back to get the goal, and I am happy for him.” Ogunmodede reacts.