Ottasolo FC defeated Kaduna based KJ United to move top of Nationwide League One (NLO) table, Kwara Stadium Complex, Ilorin centre table, in one of the matchday five encounters decided on Friday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that match was played at the Kwara Stadium Complex, Ilorin.
The result means ‘The Solo Boys’ maintained their unbeaten start to the playoff.
Ottasolo’s Solumade Boluwaji’s 38th minute strike from the spot was enough to earn his side the maximum three points at the end of the game to keep the pressure on Remo Stars Academy.
Ottasolo FC have now leapfrogged Remo Stars to move to first position on the League table with one goal difference having amassed nine points each from as many games.
KJ United started the game with a great mindset of upsetting Ottasolo and took the game to them from the blast of the firstwhistle.
However, Coach Olufemi Elijah Boys were able to absorb the early pressure mounted by the Kaduna based team by building from the middle of the park to retain possession.
K.J United who were compact and composed made the game difficult for the ‘Solo Boys’ as they did not give them room to play their pattern.
As the game approached half-hour mark, Lively Joshua Garba of KJ United does brilliantly on the right before whipping a low cross into the box of Ottasolo but Moshhod Jelil was on hand to clear the danger to safety.
KJ United knocked again at the tail end of the first 45 minutes when Joshua Garba surged forward on the right once again, he dribbled past his marker before sending a dangerous low cross into Ottasolo’s box but Shodipo Korede come out to make a crucial save as the game ended 1-0 in favour of Ottasolo.
Both coaches inrtroduced some fresh legs to add more energy to their teams that looked jaded.
K.J United almost restored parity after restart, when Sunday Ibrahim found space on the edge of the box but his goal-bound strike was blocked by Idris Momoh.
Paul Bitrus wasted another golden chance that could have put his team on level terms when he came one-on-one with Ottasolo’s goalkeeper, Korede who made himself big to save his low effort on 65th minute.
Speaking immediately after the match, Ottasolo FC coach, Olufemi Elijah, told newsmen that he was satisfied with the result despite not scoring more than one goal.
“I am satisfied with the result even though I was expecting my boys to score more goals, but what is more important is the three points in which is already in our kitty. So I am glad we won again today.
“I think the game was difficult because our opponent decided to sit back and defend their goal post.
“Our opponents did not want to come out and play by making it difficult for us to create space and when you can’t create space, you then find it difficult to score your opponent in a game of football.
“We will go back to the drawing board and correct the mistakes we noticed in today’s game and I am sure we will play better and score more goals in our next match,” Elijah said.
In other games, Seat of God defeated Olukisment FC of Ekiti 3-0.
Philip Azemota put Seat of God in front in the 4th minute with a powerful header after meeting a delicious set piece.
Essom Musa made it 2-0 with eight minutes left on the clock while Christian Onguene put the match beyond Olukisment in the 90th minute at the Kwara Football Academy pitch centre.
Vet Rovers of Vom, Plateau, and Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) FC of Zaria shared the spoils in a goalless. (NAN)