Two first half goals from Sikiru Alimi and Franklin Sasere powered Sunshine Stars to a 2-1 win over Heartland in the match day 21 NPFL clash at the Ondo State Sports Complex, Akure.
Coach Henry Abiodun’s tinkered Sunshine Stars went into Sunday’s tie looking for a first win in four matches, and were already up in the opening 12 minutes through Alimi.
The striker controlled a Seun Olulayo’s pass sideways to create space and pulled away from his marker superbly before volleying home his 6th goal of the season to hand the hosts an early lead.
Ten minutes later Sasere doubled the advantage, dispossessing his former teammate, Ike ThankGod of the ball, moved through on goal and powered a low drive past Japhet Obudo’s into the bottom right corner.
Sunshine Stars could have added more goals, but midfielders, Kehinde Adedipe and Anthony Omaka could not just find the the right footing when gifted with glaring chances, while Emmanuel curled an effort just wide at the stroke of half time.
Heartland halved the deficit a minute after the restart through Fortune Omoniware, who headed past an on rushing Henry Ayodele during an aerial scuffle.