The Flying Antelopes suffered another setback in their quest to win the Premier League title in Ibadan on SundayResurgent Shooting Stars put up one of their best performances in the Nigeria Premier League as they dispatched league leaders, Rangers 1-0 in a tension soaked game played at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan on Sunday.
Former Kano Pillars striker, Moses Ogaga made sure the three points remained in Ibadan when he struck in the 26th minute after a good play by Tony Edjomariegwe.
Phillip Asuquo put Edjomariegwe through on the right flank and Ogaga was on hand to poke the ball into the net after Rangers defenders failed to clear their line.
Rangers remain on 58 points just like Kano Pillars who defeated Dolphins 2-1 in Kano, while Shooting Stars now have 52 points and are still pushing for a continental ticket.
The pre match boast of Rangers officials to beat Shooting Stars did not materialise as the Oluyole Warriors netruliased everything Rangers threw at them.
As early as the seventh minute, Chikeluba Ofoedu was gifted with a clear chance to put Rangers ahead, but he failed to make use of that opprotunity as his feeble shot was saved.
At this period, Shooting Stars knew that Rangers were in Ibadan for serious business and Ogaga, Asuquo and Edjomariegwe turned the heat on the visitors.
Rangers missed four of their key players in captain, James Okwuosa, Cyril Oriaku, Emeka Eze and Haliru Umar. And it showed in the way the defence line played throughtout the game.
Ogaga combined well with Asuquo in the 17th minute after Rangers defence line led by Chibuzor Madu, but Edjomariegwe placed his shot away from goal.
Ten minutes to the end of the first half Edjomariegwe again turned the provider as his well laid pass found Musa Raphael who released a canon that Rangers' goalie, Godwin Analogu parried for a corner.
Cheered on by their supporters, Shooting Stars continued from where they stopped in the first half as Super Eagles midfielder, Ejike Uzoenyi failed woefully to raise his game and inspire his team mates.
Shooting Stars slowed down the game in this half, but Rangers could not do anything to threaten the defence of the hosts.
3SC coach, Hakeem Busari said after the game that the team will continue to push for a continental ticket.
"We played well and the boys know exactly what is at stake. We have three games to go and you never can tell what will happen at the end of the season.
"Our next game is at home against Heartland and we also want to win so that we can face the consecutive away games to see if we can pick some points in the matches.
Rangers handler,Okey Emordi noted that the loss to Shooting Stars will not deter the team from achieving their set target.
"We may have lost, but we are still determined and focussed on our set goal to win the Premier League title. Shooting Stars did well.
"We are going to go back and win our next game against Sunshine Stars. We have forgotten about this game against 3SC.
"I know that everything will work for us at the end of the season," Emordi said.