A brace from Samuel Ayankinde saw Shooting Stars keep their 100 percent win record in the 10th edition of the Optima Energy Gold Cup, as they gun down Gombe United on Matchday 3.
As both teams settled into the game, 3SC had the first chance at goal, after Opeoluwa Olufemi awkwardly missed the target, nodding the ball wide in the 7th minute.
Five minutes later, both teams should have scored. Shooting Stars had Udo who was in goal to thank after he made a reflex save from a screamer by a Gombe United attacking midfielder.
Samuel Ayankinde could have finished off inside the Gombe United box to put Shooting Stars ahead, but his delivery at goal was awkward.
Another real chance came begging for Gombe United to score the opening goal in the 22nd minute, but Shooting Stars had the woodwork to thank. Samaila Bello will rue his miss after he tried to chip the ball beyond Udo, but his effort was heavy as it hit the goalpost.
Ayankinde, then earn a reward for his hard work in the 29th minute, as he found Gombe United’s goal following a good exchange of passes in the buildup.
Shooting Stars were at the double in added time of 45 minutes, after Ayankinde got his brace with a right top corner delivery that made goalkeeper Abubakar helpless in goal.
The win had the Oluyole Warriors reclaim its top spot in Group B with 6 points and a plus five goals difference, 24 hours after Sporting Lagos had held on to it after they won their second Optima Energy Gold Cup game against Gombe United.