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Relegation Scrap: Ikorodu United Defeat Enyimba In 5 Goal Thriller

Nigerian Professional Football League side, Ikorodu United, thrashed defending champions, Enyimba International FC in a thrilling encounter played today at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta. The tie is a rescheduled Match Day 24 tie owing to the visiting side’s involvement in the CAF Champions League.

The match started balanced on both ends with fans of the teams waiting eagerly to see their favourite club break the deadlock. The Oga Boys as they are fondly called by their darling fans opened scoring in the encounter though a well taken effort from Fatai Abdullahi. The hosts grew into the encounter taking the game to their visitors with their impressive displays upfront.

Enyimba International FC scored their equalizer in the 30th minute of the tie from the penalty spot. The spot kick was well converted by prolific forward, Mfon Udoh who finishes coolly past Ikorodu United’s goal keeper, Azeez. Moments after his goal, Mfom missed a glorious chance to give Enyimba the lead. The first half ended 1-1 with the referees signaling for an additional three minutes to be played.

The second half of the match witnessed the first substitution of the game from the visitors. Combative midfielder, Nzube was withdrawn for Kelly Kester who came to shore up the midfield for Enyimba.

Ikorodu United restored their lead through club captain, Balogun Oluwole after a miss by Chinedu Onyelonu.  The thrilling encounter continued with sleek passing from both sides and Enyimba equalized for the second time in the game through Musa Najare equalised for Enyimba Ikorodu in the 62nd minute.

The hosts went firing on all cylinders in search of the winner. Ikorodu United got the deserved winning goal from substitute Michael Okoyoh came in for Paul Duke in the 69th minute. Barely two minutes on the pitch, Michael Okoyoh scored against his former club, Enyimba FC after a fine counter attacking game from the hosts.

Before today’s game, Ikorodu United thrashed Kano Pillars 4-1 in their last home match in Abeokuta. The team also shocked Heartland FC 1-0 at the Dan Anyiam Stadium with Fatai Abdullahi scoring the only goal of the tie.

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