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Bet9jaSociaLiga: Raineri, Alimosho complete playoffs lineup

After so much delay due to poor weather conditions, the 2019 regular season in the Bet9jaSociaLiga came to an exciting end with the duo of the Raineri Ghosts and Alimosho Football Club completing the playoffs lineup on October 6, 2019.

Royals 0-0 Alimosho
Royal Army, Herd in a dull affair

These two started proceedings on Match Day 7 in a very uninspiring manner just before the rain took over in the second match between Saints and All Black.

In a match both sides needed a win, it turned out to be a dull affair between them in a tie that saw very few chances. Alimosho dominated most of the game, but for all their possession, failed to create anything meaningful while Royals and their long balls added to what ultimately ended in a goalless stalemate.

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Saints 4 - 0 AllBlack
Saints Army undress the Panthers in a one-sided game

Two-time winners of the Liga, Saints were in a heart-less mood on MD7 as they confirmed their ticket to the playoffs following an impressive display of attacking the football.

The Saints defeated the already eliminated All Black by a comfortable and convincing 4-0 scoreline inspired by the duo of Olayinka Adiro and Ernest.

The game was practically done and dusted by half time as Adiro and Ernest helped themselves to a brace apiece before the clouds let down their heavenly fiery in the second half which produced no further goals.

Saints safely through to the playoffs having won the battle but not the war – top place – they still were in danger of losing their top spot to champs, Dannaz, who still had a game in hand.

Man of the match: Adiro (Saints)
Guns 0 - 2 Raineri
Bullet Boys fail to shoot down efficient Ghosts

They are called the Bullet Boys, but on the day they needed all their bullets to hit the target, the Guns fell short of expectations to drop more crucial points against a very clinical Raineri Ghosts.

Both sides went into this particular game well aware neither can afford to drop points, with a place in the top four up for grabs. However, the Ghosts were the ones who rose to the occasion as they were ruthless once again in front of goal.

This time, with top scorer, Olisemeka Esumeh missing in action, the goals came courtesy Philips Olatunde and Abdullahi in either half to hand the Ghosts a direct ticket to the playoffs.

For Guns, they still had one match left to play on the day against champs, Dannaz, but they will be playing for nothing but pride.

Man of the match: Philips (Raineri)
Royals 0 - 3 Citizens
Proud Citizen end campaign on a high

Raineri’s result against Guns meant no matter the result in this game, both Royals and Citizens were already out of running for a place in the playoffs.

But regardless of this particular fact, the Citizens delivered a result their performances all season had lacked – a clinical cutting edge in front of goal.

The Citizens deservedly demolished the Royal Army 0-3 thanks to goals from the trio of AK, Chukkie and club legend, Shomide Martin aka Shabba.

Man of the match: Moses (Citizens)
Cubs 2 - 5 Alimosho
Debutants Herd dish out footballing master-class

The Herd produced the result on Matchday 7 when they not only mastered the Cubs football club but served them a footballing master-class.

The Liga newbies put five (5) goals past a helpless Cubs team who replied with two (2) of theirs in the seven-goal thriller.

Olumide Harris netted a brace, with further goals from the trio of Tomori Dare, Ayangbade Samson (Junior) and Ohilebo Israel. Cubs’ goals which turned out nothing but a consolation came via Kelechi Nwokedi and Ibeh Peter.

The Masters went into that match needing just a point to secure playoffs spot but capitulated in an incredibly shocking manner as an inspired Alimosho totally thrashed and annihilated them with the returning Abdullahi orchestrating from deep.

In the end, the result sees the Herd through to the last four in their debut season while Cubs will return to the drawing board in preparation for the 2020 campaign.

Man of the match: Harris (Alimosho)
Guns 0 - 2 Dannaz
Defending champs top table with an effective win

Champions Dannaz secured a second successive place in the playoffs with a comfortable win over already-eliminated Guns.

The Cedars were meeting the Bullet Boys for the very first time in the Bet9jaSociaLiga but never looked troubled for the duration of the game.

Joshua Obakimi opened the scoring from the spot before Onyeka Udeozor sealed the win with the second goal.

A deserved win for the defending champs who finish top of the regular season with 17 points, two ahead of Saints, who dropped to second.

For Guns, they finish the season as the eighth-best team on six points, where they started the final matchday.

Man of the match: Samson Kayode (Dannaz)
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Meanwhile, elsewhere on the table, Raineri finish two points below Dannaz in third, while Alimosho complete the top four with 12 points.

So, where do we stand now?
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