This result left us with a very interesting three-way tie at the top with Raineri, Bravos & Guns all on 6pts, although Raineri & Bravos both have a game in hand (against each other).
This game was always going to be feisty. When both teams met last season in a goalless draw, Raineri were extremely lucky not to have a man sent off for a stamp on retired Guns skipper, Kuti. This time around, they weren’t so lucky. Shortly after Mujeeb Oguntowo had put Guns ahead in the first half, thanks to some questionable defending by Raineri, David Ikhariale was sent off for The Ghosts for a blatant elbow in retaliation to a foul. With a man down, the pressure was really on The Ghosts and they were fortunate not to have conceded yet another goal from Mujeeb.
The Guns FC 3-2 Raineri Ghosts FC
Early in the second half, Omolade Thomas drew level for Raineri much to everyone’s surprise. He skipped past 2 Guns defenders down the left before perfectly placing the ball in the top right corner. With the game leveled, Raineri played with much more belief by returning to a familiar pattern, the long ball and it almost paid off immediately. A penalty claim by Eshilama was rightly waved off by the referee but that only seemed to wake the Guns up. Moments later, Guns restored their lead thanks to one of last season’s star players, Gilbert Ekugbe who hit The Ghosts with a half volley.
Just after the restart of the game for the second half, Mujeeb Oguntowo doubled Guns’ lead thanks to an impressive show of control, acceleration, calmness & sheer will to put the ball in the back of the net. From then on, all Guns had to do was see the game out which they did despite substitute, KV’s late consolation goal. For long periods of the game, a draw seemed like a fair result considering the poor defending by both teams but Mujeeb Oguntowo had other ideas and, on this occasion, his was the only one that counted. The win snapped Guns’ 4-consecutive losing streak going back to last season. Finally, they had something to smile about.
A sheer moment of madness came next. Raineri midfielder, Ahmed Balogun, with all the time in the world and under little pressure, attempted a back pass to goalkeeper, Azubike. The back pass couldn’t be any further from Azubike and was headed for an empty net. Azubike did a great job getting back in time to save it from crossing the line but Mujeeb was there to smash the loose ball in from close range for his second brace of the game making him only the second player in SociaLiga history to score 4 goals in one matchday since Knights FC’s Jabaar Aminu back in 2016.
Guns keeper, Quadri looked shaky onwards despite the relatively comfortable position his team was in. 2 questionable actions almost saw Raineri pull one back only to be inches shy. Moments later, Quadri gave away a penalty which Kelechi Nwafor made no mistake converting. 3-2 to the Guns & despite having a man advantage, the pressure was now on them. They were able to hold on for a victory, regardless; a victory which made them the very first side in The SociaLiga to win two games in a Matchday on two occasions.
The result left us with a very interesting three-way tie at the top with Raineri, Bravos & Guns all on 6pts, although Raineri & Bravos both have a game in hand (against each other).