Two goals scored late in each half of an entertaining encounter saw Ijebu United FC triumph over debutant International FC of Lagos during week one of the 2023/2024 Nigeria National League season at Ijebu ode.
It was a ding-dong affair looking likely for a scoreless first half and with both teams giving a good account of themselves when mercurial midfielder, Babus Gaye intelligently shot past Oje Samson in goal for International FC of Lagos from 30 meters on the dot of 45th minute to put Ijebu United in the lead by half time.
International FC of Lagos took control of proceedings on resumption of the second half of the game and were rewarded with a goal in the 70th minutes to bring scores at par.
However, the Ijebu Ode based warlords reacted spontaneously with barrages of sustained pressures against their opponents which was rewarded eventually when former Vandrezzer FC left back Felix Oloye, adjudged Man-of-the-Match, prodded deep into the defence of the visitors to nod home the second and winning goal for Ijebu United from a corner kick with a minute left from the fifth added time and threw the stadium and fans of the home team into jubilations.
The darling team of Ijebu football fans and followers will be looking forward to consolidate on the outcome of the match in week two with a derby and a United affair encounter against Gateway United FC at Abeokuta on Saturday 25th of November, 2023.