All roads led to the Unilag Sports Centre main bowl ,for the highly anticipated FLUFA club system final .
With Dorchester United the only unbeaten side in the tournament taking on surprise package Vado FC whose road to the final was far from easy .
Earlier in the campaign Dorchester knocked five (5) goals past a helpless Vado team ,but that seemed to have sparked the resurgence in the “team of choice”. With subsequent victories over this year’s flops Skylords and favourites MAFIA FC who got knocked out on goal difference .
Before the match Dorchester forward and leading marksman Ayodeji was rumoured to be out with a nibbling knee injury . Whereas Vado also had influential midfielder Yusuf who suffered a twisted ankle ,but both players however miraculously passed the fitness test and were able to feature for their teams in this do -or- die clash .
The match kicked off amidst excitement and immediately Vado opened with a statement of intent unleashing the first attack on goal with a long throw by Tochukwu but this was acrobatically cleared by John triggering a counter attack for Dorchester which Victor should have converted after given a clear sight of goal.
Dorchester slowly began to become more involved in the game and Macho won a freekick dangerously close to the opposition box which he took but his finishing let him down as it flew high and wide.
Seyilaw then dahsed down the left flank showing his amazing pace but the Dorchester defence covered properly and conceded a corner off Yusuf ,which he took but the resulting corner was really poor as it failed to find anyone .
Vado FC embarked on another flowing move with Varlo sending a cross field ball into the box but seyilaw failed to make contact as he is well marshalled and the follow up from Vicole wayward.
Both teams seemingly had a flurry of attacks but poor decision making and lack of quality in the final third let them down .end to end stuff .
Another nice move from Vado via Kay who drove into the opposing half ,taking a shot which was well wide .
Vado won another another freekick deep in the opposition half which Kay opted to take short to Varlo who also shot waywardly.
Dorchester who had been under the stick for much of the first half finally got another counter which was subsequently wasted by Victor from close range .He also picked up a loose ball on the flank and took another wild shot over .his finishing certainly let him down .
Vicole then proceeded down the left flank before striking the ball which somehow beat Cannon in goal for Dorchester .1-0 to Vado .What a terrible mistake from the goalie.
The game was restarted and immediately Dorchester applied the pressure they seemed to have been sparked to life by that goal and Ayodeji drew the foul just outside the box,he had been unusually quiet .John took it and beat Uqbah in goal .what an equaliser ..1-1 .GAME ON!!!!!
Dorchester with renewed vigour took the game to Vado plying relentless pressure on the vadorian defence ,with a series of blocked shots by Macho and Khalil with the latter’s alleged to have struck the hand of a defender but the follow up from Victor hit the post an out for a goal kick.
The resulting goal kick was taken deep into the heart of the Dorchester defence and again Cannon made a hash of it and allowed AB poke home into the empty net .2-1 Vado..the goalie is all to blame .
Vado managed to see out the reminder of the first half .
Dorchester resumed the second stanza the same way they started the first but that all went away as both teams began to exhibit drab and poor football .Totally not we expected from a cup final .Vado however had no problem with this ,sitting on their lead .
The lacklustre second half was drawing to a close with the trophy seemingly going to Vado but John had other ideas ,as Martin who came on was brought down outside the box .John took the freekick and placed it to perfection ,forcing penalties .All square!!.
In the penalties Dorchester were first to face the penalty spot with leading scorer Ayodeji calmly striking the ball home .Advantage Dorchester .
Next up was Seyilaw he also dispatched his with ease. John then put Dorchester into the lead ,before Kay restored parity .
Martin was next and he sent Uqbah the wrong way,Vado responded with a brilliant penalty from Varlo .
Consequently ,Pelumi and Lenny all converted their spotkicks and Vado also had a response with Vicole and Tochukwu all drawing them level, sending the game into sudden death .
Then came Stephen Ojo ,the incumbent sports secretary ,lo and behold he blazed his kick way over the bar ,some zaza kinda shii there .what a waste for Dorchester and advantage Vado .Then came the time of young starlet Dami to clinch the title for his team and he calmed his nerves and ripped the ball into the back of the net.
The final whistle blew and everyone present went wild “the team of choice ” had conquered the beast .Kudos to the entire Vado team to the despair of Dorchester UNITED and Ojo Stephen who missed the decisive penalty .
Review by Efemena Enivwenaye