Lagos - Muyiwa Lawal scored late in the second half to rescue a point for Shooting Stars against FC Taraba in the week 14 of the Nigeria Professional Football League on Saturday. The match that was played in Makurdi ended 1-1.
Boris Konan opened the scoring on the hour mark with a great finish to hand the homers the lead.
When it looked as if the Oluyole Warriors would go back to Ibadan empty-handed, substitute Lawal powered home an equaliser with a brilliant free-kick in the 87th minute.
The draw puts Shooting Stars in 14th spot on the table, while the Pride of Taraba lies in the relegation zone.
Shooting Stars were not intimidated, and started the match brightly, pushing forward from the first minute, but some clumsy defending during a Taraba counter-attack led to the home team taking the lead in the 60th minute.
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Taraba were content to sit back and wait for the counter-attack, while Shooting Stars kept up a high-tempo passing game, although they were let down by decision making on the final ball.
With three minutes remaining super-sub Lawal hit a free-kick from the edge of the box past goalkeeper Kawawa Chinedu.
''I'm obviously pleased that I came on to help my team snatch a draw,'' the elated Lawal told News24 shortly after the match
"We deserve the draw after playing so well in the match. We can go back home with our heads high.''
''I thought the set-piece was the chance for me to rescue my team. We were looking for the much needed goal and I was able to finish and put it in," the former Flying Eagles star added.