TCCCUP24 REPORT MATCHDAY 1
Beyond Limits, Real Sapphire and Iganmu Begin Cup Campaign on Winning Note
The first round of TCC Cup games witnessed all 12 teams in action as the quest for cup glory began.
In Group A, all three games played failed to produce a winner.
In the first clash, two familiar foes squared off against each other, in the form of Imperial and Dino.
Imperial started the better of the two sides, creating chance after chance but failing to convert. Dino would open the scoring against the run of play, with Abdul Mohammed cooly slotting the ball home in the 30th minute after a slip up by Samuel Abisuga. They were however pegged back by Imperial, who opened their account in the 42nd minute through Malik Musa.
In other games played in the group, Dannaz needed a 79th minute goal from second-half substitute, Chigozie Ugwuadu, to get a point from their clash against Sporting Lagos. The Blue Eagles failed to soar in their opening game too as they were held by Broad City. Rilwan Gbadamosi handed Gbagada the lead in the first half before Jeremiah Christopher got the City Boys back on level terms in the second half.
In Group, it was all about the home teams as they got maximum points from their games.
Beyond Limits were the biggest winners as they put five past Escola United. Kparobo Aneri got two quick goals in the first 30 minutes of the game before Chuckudi Isaac added a third four minutes before half-time. Shina rounded up the scoring in the second half as he scored a 15-minute brace – in the 75th and 90th minute – to secure an emphatic win.
Star of the day, Ibrahim Ogede, got a hat-trick for himself as Iganmu put Valiant to the sword, scoring the odd goal in a five-goal contest. The reigning champions, after struggling in the first half, could only score in the second through second-half substitutes, Gafar Olaniyan and Sixtus Elegalam. They now have their work cut out for them if they’re to defend the title they won earlier this year.
In the group’s third game, Real Sapphire took care of business as they dismissed Atlantic Business in a 4-2 win. The hosts had three different scorers on the day – Flomo Emmanuel, Adamu Ibrahim, Akinfenwa Musa – with the latter scoring a brace. Atlantic’s Kehinde Moses and Timi Destiny were also on the score sheet.
Only one team, Escola United, failed to find the back of the net as all 12 TCC teams began the quest for cup glory.