Shooting Stars laboured to see off determined lower league side Gateway FC 3-2 in a 2013 Federation Cup round of 16 game.
In an explosive game played at the Akure Township Stadium on Sunday, 3SC broke the deadlock with a first minute strike by Ighodalor Osagona.
The Abeokuta lads did not relent as Kingsley Ediwo equalised seven minutes later, before Gbolahan Salami restored 3SC lead in the 24th minute from the penalty spot.
Kingsley Ediwo completed his brace with another equaliser in the 34th minute, before Tony Edjomariegwe scored the winner for the premier league outfit in the 67th minute.
Shooting Stars will now meet Nigeria National League side JUTH FC in the round of 32 in a venue yet to be named.
Also in the cup competition, Akwa United defeated Yarma Light 2-0.
Ubong Ekpai gave Akwa United the lead, before Ezekiel Mba’s shot was deflected into Yarma net by their defender.
Round of 32 Fixtures
Juth FC v 3SC
Warri Wolves v Spotlight
Abia Warriors v Kaduna United
Samba FC v Enugu Rangers/Dan Lawan
Makwada U. v Akwa United
El-Kanemi W. v Kano Pillars
FC Taraba v Gombe United
Nasarawa U. v COD United
Nembe City v Sunshine Stars
MFM FC v Lobi Stars
Remo Stars v Enyimba
Dolphins v Akwa Starlets
ABS v Bayelsa U./Prime FC
Heartland v Ingas FC
Julius Atete FC v Sharks
Plateau United v Niger Tornadoes