The day kicked off with a tightly contested affair between The Cubs FC and All Black FC. An early goal from Cubs’ inimitable striker, Clanzee, created the impression that it was going to be a routine walk in the park.
That did not happen. Regardless, the first half was all Cubs as they constantly carved open the All Black defence. Clanzee was a constant menace while Rufus ran the midfield. Late in the first half, a great chance fell to Titiloye but he scoffed his shot with only the goalkeeper to beat. Then Cubs won a penalty just before halftime. Titiloye stepped up and skied it.
All Black themselves hit the post twice in quick succession, led by captain Scott. The second half was a more open affair as Cubs sat back and played on the counter. Eventually, the game wound down and Cubs were happy to walk away with a slim 1-0 victory.
The second game of the day was the only game that saw more than one goal. New boys Alimosho FC came into the game still buzzing following their first ever SociaLiga victory against Citizens FC. They were missing metronomic midfielder, Abdullahi on the day. Their opponents, Raineri, were looking to get back to winning ways after conceding a late equaliser against Royals at MD2. The game sparked into life really fast and Alimosho eventually took the lead through Lawal just before halftime. Raineri looked shell-shocked.
They returned for the second half eager to get back into the game. They looked to Bet9jaSociaLiga Player of the Month, Bolu Messi, for inspiration. Unfortunately, he had a quiet game and was eventually taken off. Substitute Oliseh, who won the Golden Boot last season, grabbed an impressive equaliser after relentless pressure on the Alimosho goal. He dedicated his goal to his son, Rashford, whose birthday it was that day. Alimosho quickly went ahead again through their striker Yinka, following a looseball. It was a well-taken goal that looked to have broken Raineri. They refused to go away, however, and eventually grabbed a late equaliser through Jesse. 2-2, the game ended.
The third game of the day was between Dannaz Ladies and Saints Ladies. As expected, Dannaz Ladies had the lion’s share of ball possession while Saints Ladies absorbed the pressure and looked to hit them on the break. The first half ended goalless with Dannaz struggling to break through the two banks of four set up by Saints Ladies.
The second half was more eventful as Dannaz began to slowly break through the resistance of the Saints Ladies. Eventually, they got their goal as Amarachi slotted home from close range. Saints Ladies were unable to get an equaliser despite twice coming close and the game eventually ended 1-0 in favour of Dannaz Ladies, who have still not conceded a goal this season after three games.
Alimosho Ladies and Knights Ladies was the game that came next. The tightly-contested game saw a very cagey first half as both teams were wary of the potent threats in attack posed by their opponents. The first half ended goalless.
The second half was more open with both sides going for it. Olamide of Alimosho Ladies finally put them ahead after coming close to scoring a couple of times. Her well-taken goal ensured that Alimosho Ladies walked away with all three points. Bet9jaSociaLiga Player of the Month, Shukurat Bakare, was again impressive as she kept another clean sheet. She is still yet to concede a goal this season.
The fifth game of the day was the highly anticipated clash between the only two teams to ever win Bet9jaSociaLiga – Dannaz and Saints. Although the game did not live up to its hype in terms of goals, it had overwhelming drama, a lot of tension and all the expected excitement. The Bet9jaSociaLiga El Clasico started with both teams fiercely showing great attacking intent.
The sense of rivalry was in the air and the players lived up to it, diving into challenges and fighting for every ball. In the end, what it took to separate the sides was a neatly-struck penalty by Joshua Obakimi of Dannaz. The reigning SociaLiga champions continued their winning streak against Saints, recording their fourth straight win.
The final match of the day was another rival clash between Citizens FC and Guns FC. The Obanikoro derby was expected to be a fierce contest, and so it was.
Both teams started with strong line-ups and settled quickly into the game. Guns relied on long balls to their star striker Ariyo, who is well-known for expertly handling them to create danger.
He met a formidable centre back partnership of Freddie and Leroy who did excellently to deal with the threat he posed. Aundrey Pogba came really close to getting sent off before getting substituted early in the second half after a goalless first half. The breakthrough finally came through a late free kick for Citizens. Moses played a brilliant short pass, there was a step-over by Ojulari and Oge Anizor delivered the blow that downed The Guns, sending the Citizens fans into raptures. 1-0 it ended, the fifth of the day.