Remo Stars defeated Gateway United 2-0 in a matchweek five Local Derby in Nigeria National League, NNL season to further tighten their grip at the summit of the table in their quest to gain promotion to the Nigeria Professional Football League
Playing at the Remo Stars stadium in Ikenne, the state owned Gateway United were hoping to maintain their three matches unbeaten streak in the league but fell short to goals from Seun Ogunribide and Ogwuechi Mathias.
The host started off on a flyer with an early lead when Seun Ogunribide, former Gateway United player, struck from way out inside five minutes.
The Hakeem Busari side increased the tempo of the game as they went out in search of an equalizer which never came having been frustrated by the calls of the centre referee with yellows cards being handed out at the slightest of challenges by Gateway United.
The first half would end with a stunning save by Ibukun Araromi from a point blank effort off Ibrahim Yusuf.
In a bid to find the leveler, coach Busari made two quick substitutions as Aderemi Yusuf and Ogunyele Sulaimon came on for Haruna Salifu, Araromi Nurudeen.
The changes saw improvement in the second half for Gateway United but chances created could not produce an equalizer.
In the 78th minute, Ibukun Araromi pulled off yet another great save to deny Tsavva Emmanuel tipping the ball away for a corner kick.
Remo Stars would however put the game to bed from the resulting corner after Ogwuechi Mathias guided the ball home unmarked in the area.
There was a late chance for Gateway Utd to get a consolation goal when Sanni Jamiu took aim from 20yards out but couldn’t keep his shot on target.
In his post match interview, Hakeem Busari bemoaned the poor officiating from the centre referee while assuring all and sundry that his side will bounce back to winning ways.
“The referee was very tensed. Most of his calls were unduely favourable to the hosts, but he’s human, he’s bound to make errors, this one, one too many though. The favourable calls for Remo was very glaring. A derby should be a 50/50 affair, but that was 80/20. Well, that’s gone. We look forward to our next game”
Gateway United will square up against Ibom Youth FC on Wednesday 20th March, 2021.