Kunle Adelabu & Folarin Joseph Oluwatunbosun
Ikorodu Senior High School and Ipakodo Senior Community High School will be playing in the final match of the 2017 Ikorodu-Oga Day Celebration slated to hold at the Police Barracks Playing Ground, along Igbogbo road,Ikorodu, on Saturday, November 11, 2017.
The two schools won their semi-final matches played at the Police Playing Ground on Monday, November 6, 2017.
While Ikorodu High School stopped their counterparts from United Senior High School, Ikorodu, by beating them three goals to one (3 – 1), Ipakodo Senior High School settled their epic semi-final match against Shams-el -Deen Senior Grammar School, Ikorodu, via penalties which they won 5 goals to 4 (5-4) after a 1-1 draw at the end of the 90minutes regulation time.
Ikorodu Senior High School’s player in No. 9 jersey, Ojukwu Ebuka, put his team in the early lead when he found the back of the net after just one minute into the match.
Fasoro Samuel added the second goal in the 18th minute while Sanni Adondi added the third goal in the 24th minute of the first half.
In the 47th minute, Augustine Nweke gave United Senior School a consolatory goal.
In the second semi-final match, the player in the No 7 jersey for Ipakodo Senior Community School, Obasi Victor, scored a goal to put his team ahead but after a hard fight, player in no 9 jersey, Joshua Oluwatobi, equalized for Shams-el-Deen in the 46th minute.
The match, which was keenly contested by the two teams, saw a red card issued to Shams-el-Deen Senior High School player ,Aladejobi Damilola, in the 75th minute for arguing with the centre Referee, Afinni Isa.
In the penalty shootouts, while all the five takers for Ipakodo Senior High School (Akinsola Qudus, Lawal Mustapha, Saliu Yusuf, Matinimu Tobi and Obasi Victor) converted all their kicks, four players from the Shams- el – Deen team (Quadri Sultan, Ibrahim Ayodele, Kareem Azeez and Taofeek Samuel) converted theirs as the third taker, Akindele Toheeb, lost his penalty to give their opponents the victory.
Meanwhile, the two teams, after the match, engaged in a brawl which was quickly put under control by the organizers who apprehended some unruly students and handed them over to the police.