Lagos State FA Cup: Freestan FC, Jericho FC edge through

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Tolu Olasoji
Jericho had to pull a memorable comeback while Freestan held on to a first half strike to move to the next phase of the competition

Freestan FC 1-0 3Pillars

Warila Akpofagha’s 42nd minute goal was all that Freestan FC needed to secure their passage to the next phase of the 2017 Lagos FA Cup at the expense of 3Pillars.

The first half was almost ending in a barren draw until Akpofagha stepped up three minutes before the break to put his side ahead.

3Pillars struggled all through the second half to stretch the game into penalty but all their efforts failed to produce results, as the hosts did everything in their power to hold on to that one goal they got in the first half.

And late into the second period, Uthman Adelabu was sent off the pitch after bringing Freestan’s attacker down at the edge of his side’s eighteen yard box, which made it more difficult for them to come back into the game with few minutes of play.

Sundex FC 2-1 Young Strikers

Two first half goals from Onyekachi Edee and Ebong Effiong ensured that Sundex football club progress to the next stage of the 2017 Lagos FA Cup at the Agege Stadium after beating Young Strikers 2-1 on Wednesday.

Edee benefited from a defensive error from their opponent to give his side (Sundex) the lead in the 26th minute, and three minutes later, Ebong scored the second goal for his side from a counter attack, which gave the home team a two goals advantage going into the second half.

Young Strikers resumed in the second 45 minutes with a lot of sparks as their first attack was called off by the referee who spotted an infringement in the build-up, but, not giving up, they had another breakthrough in the 49th minute, through Shola Daramola, who made a solo run into Sundex 18-yard box before shooting from a close range to increase his side’s hope of leveling up before the final whistle.

Young Strikers continued to mount pressure on Sundex in the game, but a chance for Sadiq Alimi to level up for his side and probably stretch the game into penalties nine minutes from time went over the bar.

Real Carat 24 FC 3-1 Omole FC

Real Carat 24 FC put in a strong first half performance to outclass Omole FC 3-1 to move to the next stage of the Lagos State FA Cup on Tuesday.

Three unreplied goals in the opening 45 minutes were enough to seal the day for Real Carat 24.

Wing wizard Wisdom Asiquo got the opener in the 15th minute before energetic forward Christian Okoye got on the act with two sublime strikes of his own before the interval.

Omole FC came into the second half a more determined side and their persistence was rewarded when Real Carat 24 conceded a penalty four minutes before the hour mark.

Aloise Chimezie did justice to the spotkick and reduced the deficit. Although Omole came out fighting, Real Carat 24’s defence ensured the game ended 3-1.#


A.T Football Academy 1-1 (4-5) Jericho FC

Jericho FC completed an epic comeback via penalty shootouts after going down to an early A.T Football Academy first half strike in the encounter.

Chykugwu Israel got the curtain raiser for A.T Football Academy as early as the eighth minute of the encounter.

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The first half ended with the scoreline in favour of A.T. After the interval, Jericho FC came the better of the sides but efforts to get an equaliser did not come to fruition.

However, with few minutes to go substitute, Uwa Preston got the leveller to take the game into penalties.

A.T Football Academy lost one of their kicks while Jericho did convert all to see them go through 5-4 after coming back to draw 1-1 in regulation time.

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