Frustration for Osun United as Controversial Decisions Mar Clash with Gateway United

Osun United VS Gateway United

Osun United faced a rollercoaster of emotions in their Nigerian National League (NNL) Match Day 3 encounter against Gateway United FC, ending in a frustrating and controversial 1-1 draw at the Osogbo Township Stadium.

Despite a promising start, Osun United found themselves grappling with Gateway United’s resilient defense, and early calls for a penalty were waved off, much to the dismay of the home fans. The controversial decision left the supporters frustrated, and their discontent heightened at full-time when they believed a legitimate penalty had been denied.

Osun United managed to break the deadlock in the 76th minute, with Center Back Paul Agbor slotting in a loose ball from a free kick. However, Gateway United swiftly responded as Damilare Babatunde nodded in a flick-on from Taofeek Babatunde, after capitalizing on a critical error made by Osun United defenders, ensuring the match ended level despite Osun United’s overall dominance.

Osun United VS Gateway United
Osun United Gaffer, Seye Ajayi Speaking to his Boys during the Osun United VS Gateway United match at the Osogbo township stadium.

The frustration for Osun United extended as chances continued to present themselves even after Gateway United’s equalizer. The Ogun State-based side, however, displayed discipline in neutralizing the assaults thrown at them, securing a valuable point on the road.

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Gateway United’s hard-fought draw marked their first away point in two games, placing them in 9th position on the NNL Conference D table. On the other hand, Osun United, with 7 points from 3 games, maintains their 2nd position.

Looking ahead, Gateway United gears up for their first home game of the season against Giant Brillars on Saturday, December 9, 2023. Meanwhile, Osun United will hit the road to face Solution Football Club at the Awka Township Stadium on the same date.

The contentious decisions and the subsequent draw have left Osun United and their fans contemplating what could have been, yet the season is young, and both teams have ample opportunities ahead to make their mark in the NNL.