Dannaz finish unbeaten, Alimosho the 'masters' and What We Learned SociaLiga MatchDay 7
After a long delay by poor weather conditions, the Bet9jaSociaLiga Matchday 7, MD7, was concluded on October 6 at the beautiful Legacy Pitch, Surulere.
MD7 produced an exciting end to the regular season, with plenty of goals, drills and thrills as teams battled for the remaining two playoff spots.
But did we learn something from the matches? Surely, you already know the answer to that because we always do.
Dannaz finish top, unbeaten.
Defending champions, Dannaz Football Club, continue to show why they remain the team to beat in the Bet9jaSociaLiga.
The Cedars ended the regular season without a stain after an efficient 2-0 victory over Guns in their rescheduled MD7 clash ensured they finish the regular campaign unbeaten and at the top.
Danny Nazzal's men won five (5) and drew three (3) of their eight (8) matches, scoring 17 goals - an average of over 2.1 goals per game, the most by any team in the division.
The champs also conceded just seven (7) goals this season, an average of just over 0.87 goals per game, which is only bettered by Saints, who conceded just five (5) times in eight (8) games.
Guns, Cubs disappoint
So much was expected of these two clubs going into the final day of the regular season at the Legacy Pitch.
Guns started the day eighth on the table on six points but had two games in hand to change their destiny while for Cubs, all they needed was just one point in their game against Alimosho to seal a place in the top four.
However, the BulletBoys, Guns ended the campaign eighth on the table after losing 2-0 in both matches to fellow top-four contenders, the Raineri Ghosts, and champions, Dannaz in the final game of MD7.
The biggest disappointment of the day, though has to be the Cubs, who lost scandalously to Liga newbies, Alimosho in a seven-thriller after the Herd best them 5-2.
The Masters needed just a point to book their playoff ticket, but in a rather surprising manner, it ended in tears for them and their faithful fans.
Obakimi end as top scorer
For the first time in his SociaLiga career, the Dannaz man has finished as top scorer in the regular season.
It was a close battle between Joshua Obakimi and Raineri forward, Olisemeka Esumeh, with both talented strikers tied on six (6) goals heading into the final day.
But it was Obakimi who took advantage of Oliseh's absence on the day to win the race for top scorer after his opener in the 2-0 victory over Guns.
He finished on seven (7) goals from eight matches, while Oliseh had six (6) goals from seven games.
Alimosho master Cubs to seal playoff spot
It was a result nobody saw coming as Alimosho qualified for the playoff in their first time of asking.
In their debut season, the Herd have impressed not just themselves and their fans, but Bet9jaSociaLiga followers.
On MD7, in what started as a Twitter war between both clubs who engaged each other in a war of words, it was the community club that had the last laugh.
It turned out to be a one-sided affair as Alimosho not only mastered the Cubs, who are not to be mastered, but served the JerseyWar veterans a deserved footballing masterclass in their seven-goal thriller.
Tomori Dare's wonderfully crafted goal opened the floodgates of goals at the Legacy Pitch for Alimosho before Olumide Harris added a brace.
Two more goals from Ayangbade Samson and Ohilebo Israel completed the thrashing as the Herd won 5-2.
Cubs' consolation goals were scored by the duo of Kelechi Nwokedi and Ibeh Peter, who ensured the result looked a bit more respectable on paper.
A total of 18 goals in six matches, an average of three (3) per game to end the season. Surely, that's more than enough excitement to end the regular season which started with 25 goals from six matches on MD1.