BY JACOB AJOM
The serene Onikan Stadium witnessed an usual crowd Wednesday when the first semi final matches of the 2015 GTBank-Lagos State Principals Cup, male and female were held. Four schools fought for honours but only two qualified to continue their quest for the ultimate prize.
Their opponents for the final will emerge after the conclusion of the second semi final matches today. In the female category, Ikotun Senior High School will take on Government Senior College, Agege, while Keke High School, Ijaye tackle Ifako comprehensive high school in the male cayegory.
The stage was near perfect as thousands of students from the various schools were on hand to cheer their teams. Music blared from the loud speakers mounted around the arena and the students who could not hold back their excitement danced out their hearts. Spectators, who included Jide Sipe, Head Events and Media Mangement, GTBank were thrilled
When the referee signaled the commencement of hostilities under the hot tropical sun, it was CMS Girls Senior Secondary School, Bariga who squared up against Oriwu Senior Model College, Ikorodu.
It was a match that brought out the best in the two teams. While the CMS girls exhibited innocence in their display, Ikorodu were compact with a robust rear led by indefatigable Oladeji Oluwabumi. Victoria Ubani led the goal charge for the Oriwu girls while Edemekop Ndiana who was the MVP orchestrated the CMS attack. The encounter ended goaless.
The ensuing penalty shootout saw Oriwu Senior Model College outscore Girls Senior Secondary School, Bariga 4-3 to qualify for the final.
In the first semi final, male category, Birrel Avenue Senior High School, Sabo came from behind to beat Ikorodu Senior High School 2-1 in a thrilling encounter.
Speaking at the event, Jide Sipe, Head Events and Media Mangement, GTBank said the bank was satisfied with the standard being exhibited by the competing schools. “We hope to build on the successes the competition has achieved,” he said adding, “it is a developmental programme which has contributed immensely to the development of football in the country.”