Sunshine Stars FC & Doma United FC

Sunshine Stars FC 1 - 1 Doma United FC
29 Mar 2023 - 16:00Akure Township Stadium, Akure

Nwabueze Paschal’s close range strike rescued a 1-1 draw for Doma United against Sunshine Stars in their mid-week matchday 11 encounter to build on their home win over Lobi Stars last weekend.

The Savannah Tigers appeared to be heading for its second consecutive away lost after Yusuf Ibrahim beat the offside flag to open the scores for the host in the 13th minute, but Nwabueze Uzochukwu Paschal salvaged a point in a swift response by Doma United as Bidemi beats his marker and sent in a low cross which was met beautifully by Paschal who arrived right on time to drive pass the keeper.

In what was a competitive first ten minutes at the Akure Stadium without clear chances, Yusuf Ibrahim received a pass and made no mistake as he drove the ball to his right football before firing a shot passed Kingdom from the right side of the pitch.

However, after the restart of play, Majalisa collected the ball to his left foot, he found Amos Stephen who immediately released Bidemi on the left flank. Bidemi who has been lively in the opening minutes beats his marker and sent in a left-footed cross and Paschal was quick to react and put the ball at the bottom right corner beyond the keeper to level the scores in the 15th minute.

Doma United came close to scoring when Amos released Paschal but he couldn’t connect well with the keeper coming out to save the ball.

Osayi Kingdom kept Sunshine at bay with the United goalkeeper making outstanding saves throughout the game with the first coming in the 27th minutes after jumping higher than everyone to gather the ball into safety. He was as well called into action in the 33rd minute from a free kick as he punches the ball away to keep United in game.

United made a double substitution immediately after the break with Saifullahi Yusuf and Usman Musa replacing debutants Sani Shehu and the scorer Paschal. With the game reaching its climax, Coach Akinade introduced Chibuke Charles and Nassy Isaac in place of Barnabas and Amos Stephen who brought so much energy in the team.

Despite several attempts by the host in the closing stages, Doma United fought hard and held on to earn a valuable point away from home.

Reacting after the game, Doma United head coach Akinade Onigbinde said “Our main target was to win the game but we are happy with the result we got, it is better than nothing. We came with a game plan and it worked for us. They got a draw at our home and we came here and picked a draw. So it is not a bad one”.

Doma United remained 6th on the log of group B with 16 points and trails Sunshine Stars who have 17 points.

United will now turn its attention to a home encount against Nigers Tornadoes, on Sunday 2nd April, 2023 at the Pantami Stadium.