Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan, on Sunday in Yenagoa, held their nerves to hold Bayelsa United to a goalless draw.

The Nigerian National League (NNL) Match Day Seven, Group B1 encounter played at the Samson Siasia Stadium, saw the homers throwing everything they had into the game.

Right from the blast of the referees' whistle, the Restoration boys swooped on the visitors, pilling incessant pressure on the Oluyole Warriors in search of the curtain raiser.

They could not get the cutting edge as goalkeeper Lucky Jimoh, stood between them and goal.

The 3SC defence line, made up of skipper Omololu Waheed, Abbey Benson, Ogundimu Mutiu and Taiwo Muritala, had to raise their game to curtail the rampaging Bayelsa United players, who were bouyed by the vociferousness of their supporters.

Although they defended for most part of the first half, the Oluyole Warriors also created few glaring chances but could not hit the target.

The homers started the second half from where they finished the first, apparently needing the maximum points to brighten their chances of topping the group.

With the likes of Isiaka Mutiu, Gbadamosi Fatai, Mohammed Akilu holding sway in the midfield, leaving Opeoluwa Olufemi, Sani Nurudeen and Ifegwu Ojukwu upfront, the Ibadan soccer lords fought like Trojans to thwart all the efforts of their host.

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However, succour seemed to have cone the way of Bayelsa United, five minutes from time, when they were awarded a penalty kick in a controversial circumstance.

Goalkeeper Jimoh was composed enough to stop the penalty, even to the admiration of the home crowd.

The introduction of Ahmed Rashees and Olawale Mutiu for Ojukwu and Sani by the coach Edith Agoye led technical crew brought life to the 3SC forward but they could not break the deadlock either,despite having two clear opportunities, thus ending the pulsating encounter on a goalless note.

The draw extends 3SC's lead on the log as they now have 14 points, five more than second placed Giant Brillars, who have nine points.

The result also leaves the Oluyole Warriors unbeaten since January when they lost to Insurance of Benin in a Super 8 contest in Aba.

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