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Mainland Sports: MFM FC defeat Spartan FC to retain Lagos FA Cup title

Lagos based Nigerian Professional Football League side, Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club, MFM FC, thrashed amateur league side, Spartan FC 3-1 in the finals to emerge winner of the highly coveted Lagos State FA Cup trophy.

The exciting final match played at the Soccer Temple, Agege Stadium, Lagos, saw MFM FC starting the game in their neat passing style.

The Olukoya Boys as they are fondly called by their fans won the first free kick of the match after an infringement on Akuneto Chijioke. The attacker’s free kick was well off target.

The game continued with both teams wary of each other’s attacking ability.

The first goal of the encounter was however scored in the 11th minute by pint sized midfielder, Onuwa Chukwuka of MFM FC. The goal scored from a deflected shot from outside the box led to a massive roar amongst fans of the side who were solidly behind their darling side.

MFM FC victorious side

The goal however led to a push from Spartan FC whose players pushed for the equalizer. MFM FC however showed quality with their play to ward off any threats from the opposition.

The tie was however turned in favour of both teams after Oyedele Suleiman of Spartan FC scored the equalizer from a fine finish. This time, both sides began then began the search for the second goal to stand a chance of lifting the trophy.

In the 33rd minute of the game, Onuwa who rarely scores almost doubled his tally from a well taken shot. His attempt was however palmed to safety by Spartan FC goalkeeper.

The first half ended with the tie even after two minutes additional time by the match officials.

In the 53rd minute, MFM FC made the first substitution of the tie in search of the winning goal. Akuneto Chijioke was replaced by Okoli John to add the needed freshness upfront.

The change paid off after MFM FC midfielder, Shola Brossa was fouled inside Spartan FC box and the referee pointed to the spot. Okorom Stanley converted the penalty sending the goalkeeper the wrong way to his side in front.

MFM FC appreciating their fans

The game was however beyond the reach of Spartan FC after Sikiru Olatunbosun scored the third goal from a fine passing move.

At the end of additional time, MFM FC successfully defended the trophy they won last year in front of their home fans.

Coach Ilechukwu celebratign with his lads
MFM FC players and fans

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