Goals in each half by Musa Newman and Odey Stephen helped Premiership new boys, MFM to a 2-1 defeat of better fancied Sunshine Stars at the Agege Stadium in Lagos.
Kadiri Samad’s equaliser proved insufficient for the visitors in the end as Odey’s late effort earned MFM their ninth point of the season.
The home team started better but it was Sunshine Stars that had the first shot on target 18 minutes into the match when Samad was sent clear but MFM keeper Folarin Abayomi saved his shot.
But 25 minutes into the match, Newman punished his former team with a deft finish that surprised Sunshine keeper Ariyo David who would feel he could have done better than being beaten from his near side.
But Sunshine’s attacking play made for a balanced game and their immediate response to going a goal down saw Samad heading a corner a few inches wide.
Their enterprise was eventually rewarded when with 38 minutes played, new signing and junior international, Stanley Dimgba went on his typical dribble run before crossing for Samad to jab home from close range.
But MFM saved their best for the second half. Interestingly, they had gone into the match with growing concerns among their fans that they run out of energy and ideas in second half of games.
An exuberance absent after the break in their last two games was very much on display this time. But in Ojo Mine, Sunshine Stars had a new recruit experienced enough to organise a defence under siege. He frustrated most of MFM’s attack.
But he was surprisingly submitted with seven minutes left. That was shortly after MFM coach Fidelis Ilechukwu had introduced Odey for first goal scorer Musa, a like for like in search of the winner.
It proved telling in the end.
With Odey brought on against a defence that lacked Ojo, Sunshine Stars eventually conceded a second goal their opponents had threatened at intervals when the substitute side-footed the ball past David with four minutes left.
There was little time for Sunshine Stars to reboot. Instead, it was Sunday Abbey that ensured they finished the match with ten men as he was sent off for a bad tackle in added time.