….It was a drab first half at the Remo Stars Stadium in Ikenne, with both teams failing to put the ball past the goalkeepers.

The much-anticipated southwestern contest which is the last of the matchday three fixtures of the Nigerian Premier Football League (NPFL) was played between Remo Stars and Shooting Stars at the Ikenne Township Stadium on Wednesday.

Remo Stars extended their dominance over their regional rivals with another 2-0 victory.

Being a derby test, it was much anticipated to be a masterclass of all the fixtures for the week.

Many were keen to see how coach Gbenga Ogunbote will fare in his first official visit to Ikenne since departing Remo last year and pitching his tent with Shooting Stars.

It wasn’t any good for the Oracle as his team were condemned to a 2-0 defeat by the hosts.

It was their first defeat of the season as they drop to the ninth position with two points.

Just as Remo Stars’ coach, Daniel Ogunmodede, told PREMIUM TIMES before the game that his boys will play with their heads, they did express it on the field of play with the Sky Blue Stars scoring two goals in the second half after a barren first half.

An own goal at the hour mark and a curler from substitute Godwin Odibo in the 70th minute saw Remo Stars overtake Bendel Insurance in the first position with nine points in Group A.

On match day four, Remo Stars will be guests of Bendel Insurance on Saturday, while Shooting Stars will host Elkanemi Warriors in Ibadan on Sunday.