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Bet9jaSociaLiga serves up much drama on MatchDay 6

Each of the games in the men’s division was a back-to-back hit full of spectacle, except for The Big Game between the Raineri football club and Dannaz football club, which dished out the type we all do not want to see in our Bet9jaSociaLiga.

With an average of over 3.75 goals per game, the Bet9jaSociaLiga matches for SociaLigaMD6 did live up to their pre-match day hype by serving us plenty of drama, wouldn’t you say?

Anyway, let’s get into all the juicy (most were) details then, shall we?

The Ghosts, Cedars end the Big Game in controversy

The game between these two featured in The Big Game, and was meant to be the highlight for SociaLigaMD6 given their respective pedigrees.

However, it left really a bitter pill to swallow as what we barely expected unfolded before our very eyes in the tie which ended in controversial circumstance after the Ghosts walked out of the CIS pitch deep into the second half the game.

The match kicked off normally with an Oliseh-less Raineri side getting their noses in front thanks to an Abiola, who replaced the absent top scorer, Olisemeka Esumeh, goal.

While Dannaz dominated proceedings, their failure to really create anything meaningful saw them go into the break 1-0 down.

In the second half, the holders came out smoking and were rewarded with an early equaliser, albeit a controversial one, as a centre back, Gbenga Balogun netted from a goalmouth scramble to level scores at 1-1.

A few minutes later, the Cedars completed the comeback, when that man, Balogun was at it again to put Dannaz 2-1 up.

A superbly floated cross from the right-wing found the on-rushing defender who made no mistakes from close range with a bullet header into the roof of the net, leaving Azubike in goal for the Ghosts for dead.

The Big Game took a sad turn seven minutes later as Raineri players and coaching crew encroached into the pitch in an apparent walkout in protest of a decision by the referee.

The match ended several minutes later with Dannaz walking away with a 2-1 win and three points that saw them temporarily move above Saints, who were up against Royals later, at the top of the table.

Man of the match: Gbenga Balogun (Dannaz)

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The Herd rekindle playoff hopes

SociaLiga new boys, Alimosho football club, are in the playoff mix after doing the needful by meeting expectations against whipping boys of the league, the All Black FC, on SociaLigaMD6.

The male Herd defeated the Black Panthers 2-1 courtesy of a brilliant and dominant first-half performance at CIS.

Yinka Adegoke and Sodiq Sulaymon were the scorers for Alimosho, who went into the break looking very comfortable with a 2-0 lead, with Femi getting the consolation goal for the All Black in the second half to set up an intense finish to the game.

While Alimosho were favourites to win, they had to avoid a scare from the Panthers who were much improved and the better side in the second half after serving arguably their best defensive display led by the fit-again centre back, Kodo.

In the end, however, Alimsoho grabbed the much-needed win and three points which moved them back into contention for the playoff, while for the All Black, their campaign is mathematically over.

Man of the match: Kodo (All Black)

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The Armies end Royals’ unbeaten run in five-goal thriller

The Saints Army are arguably one of the most in-form teams at the moment as they recorded another win after putting an end to the Royals unbeaten run.

The Saints survived a scare before finally seeing off the Royals 3-2 in a very interesting match at CIS. Babatunde, Mahmoud Otubu and Miji were the scorers for the two-time winners of the Bet9ja SociaLiga.

For the hitherto unbeaten Royals, their goals came courtesy of the brilliant Edgar, one of the club’s most important players this season.

Man of the Match: Edgar (Royals)
Shabba rescues a point for the Proud Citizen in an entertaining stalemate

Somide Martin aka Shabba came to the rescue of the Citizens once again as they twice came from behind to salvage a point against fellow playoff hopefuls, the Cubs.

Both teams went into the game locked at seven points each and knew a win for either side will give them a breather in the playoff rat race.

It was Citizens who started on the front foot but found themselves a goal down at the break courtesy of an early Hassan Jimoh goal for the Cubs.

Citizens pushed for the equaliser and were rewarded with an early goal of their own in the second half when Obot levelled the scores from the spot after Citizens’ Oyewo was hacked down in the Cubs box.

The Proud Citizen continued to dominate the game but once again found themselves behind for the second time when the assistant referee adjudged Ibeh Peter’s header to have crossed the line before it was saved by Citizens’ goalkeeper, Duwem.

Shabba ensured the spoils were shared late on when he latched on to a throw-in to let fly a snap-shot that caught Barthez in goal for Cubs by surprise. 2-2, it ended.

Man of the match: Somide ‘Shabba’ Martin
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So, where do we stand now?

Following the results on SociaLigaMD6, there were some obvious movements on the league table, with the most notable being Alimosho football club moving up four places to occupy the last playoff spot.

The Herd, with a game in hand, are on eight points, same as the duo of Cubs and Citizens, who both dropped on the table after their draw.

Elsewhere on the log, the top three remain unchanged but the duo of Saints and Dannaz with their wins have respectively opened a five and four-point lead between them and third placed Raineri.

At the other end of the table, after their sixth defeat in seven matches, the All Black FC are mathematically done and dusted this season with just pride left to play for.

Top Scorer Race Continues...

In terms of movements elsewhere on the log, Citizens, who dropped two places and out of playoffs, from third to fifth, are on seven (7) points, same as Cubs but have inferior goal difference.

The Royals also dropped a spot to fifth, while Guns swapped places with Alimosho who didn’t play in the SociaLigaMD5. Both teams on the same points (5) and goal difference (-1).

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