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Sanctuary Strikers FC sink toothless Faith Bible FC in a flawless 4-0 victory on opening match day.


“We expect the best,” said Faith Bible FC coach prior to the game but in the end, they got the worst. A high pressing, relentless and energetic Sanctuary Strikers FC stole the show and inflicted an indelible injury to the Faith Bible team.

From L-R, Faith Bible FC  and Sanctuary Strikers FC Players

On the opening match day of the tournament, Sanctuary Strikers FC showcased the qualities they are made of. They were compact, organized and eager to run at their opponent to get the goal. No sooner had the game began than they got the goal. Faith Bible FC’s defender, Salako Matthew gifted away a freekick in a dangerous position. The host’s freekick specialist, Adedotun Feranmi does what he loves best — beating the goalkeeper with his exquisite strike to give Sanctuary Strikers FC the lead.

But that only amounted to be a tip of the ice berg. Sanctuary Strikers FC’s sensation Alade Lekan in conjunction with the attacking spree Idowu Lawal and John Kehinde dictating proceedings at the opponent half — out passed the visiting side’s fragmented midfield to mount pressure on their defense early into the game. At that, leaving Faith Bible FC sloppy, restless and in full shambles.

Afterwards, the imbalance of Faith Bible FC costed them gravely when they conceded the second goal in the space of 15 minutes. Idowu Lawal capitalising on the misplaced pass from the visiting side’s defender utilized the ball in the best possible way. He made a quite brilliant run down the touchline to square the ball into the path of the advancing John Kehinde, only for him to put the ball beyond goalkeeper Udoeze Isaac’s reach.

With a 2 goal cushion, the host still kept asking questions from a disorganized visiting team. Thus, against the run of play, Adetoso Feranmi once again showed why he remain the key man in Sanctuary Strikers FC’s team — getting the better of his marker to pull a shot against the woodwork — Idowu Lawal approaching the rebound headed the ball neatly into the back of the net.

However, Faith Bible FC seemed to have amended their ways at the start of the second half. They showed desperation and were aiming to mitigate the damaged they have suffered. First, the team’s only lively man in the game, Abdulrasheed Adiru made a swift run from the flank into the danger box but his shot lacked the precision to beat a well composed Sanctuary Strikers FC’s keeper Olaoye Jeremiah. Shortly after, with hopes filling up his nerve, the playmaker Adulrasheed Adiru surged forward once more crossing a sublime ball for Christian Femi. The striker rising above the defenders headed the ball over the goal post — throwing away his teams best chance so far and a goal that could have consolated their loss.

As if a 3-0 lead was not enough, Sanctuary Strikers FC enjoyed possession, dominance and were willing to pile up pressure on Faith Bible FC. On the hour mark, they were 4 goals up. This time it was the pacy John Kehinde who dribbled past 2 defenders into the edge of the penalty box to supply Ogunleye Mubarak a delicious cross, the substitute showing his strength and prowess at the front of goal headed the ball into the far corner of the goal post. The visiting team were in dismay; an unprecedented setback on the opening match day of a seemingly tremendous grassroot competition.

All in all, Faith Bible FC put up a lackluster performance. They showed penchant for self-harm and were muddled throughout the game. Indeed, a deserved win for Sanctuary Strikers FC, for their performance in the game was awe-inspiring.

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Comments (1)

  1. Football lover

    Sanctuary were brilliant yesterday, played very solid game. The captain and CB was absolutely faultless, the no10 was unplayable. These is the purpose of grassroot football!!

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