Michael Okolo Shines As Gateway Utd. Defeat Abia Comet To Go 2nd On NNL Table
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Gateway United continued their push for promotion to the elite division after a 2-0 win over Abia Comets in an NNL matchday 10 fixture on Saturday at the MKO Abiola Intl Stadium, Kuto Abeokuta.
In a game that saw the best of set pieces, Michael Okolo starred to give the Hakeem Busari led side all maximum points.
As early as the 5th minute, Michael Okolo’s freekick lacked the usual bite, targeted straight at the keeper.
In a cagey first half, Gateway Utd were forced into an early substitution as Azeez Durojaiye made way for Chidozie Iwundu 30th minute, no thanks to injury.
On the hour mark, there was another opportunity for Michael Okolo, as he took aim from a freekick but goalkeeper comfortably gathered.
Eight minutes later, Gateway United won a penalty after Haruna Salifu was brought down in a goal bound move. Up step Michael Okolo as he slotted hard into the top left hand corner.
That goal pegged the visiting team back as the home side continued to dominate the game.
In the 85th minute, Odunsina Sunkanmi went on a mesmerising run, got past one, about to beat the second and was hacked down as referee pointed to the spot.
Michael Okolo would not miss as he got his brace of the afternoon with another deftly taken spot kick.
Okunbor Bankole and Faith Bakare came into the fray for Michael Okolo and Seyi Okeowo in the last five minutes as Gateway Utd saw out another home win.
Up next for Gateway United is an away game against Holy Arrows at Oleh Township Stadium, Delta State on 3rd of April, 2021.