|Players of Jike Stars just before the 7-0 mauling|
Garden City Panthers went goals crazy as they tore apart Jike Stars Football Club in a group C encounter at the on-going Brown Ideye Challenge in Port Harcourt.
Eager to set aside their opening game one nil loss to Fountain FC, the panthers struck as early as the 5th minute with Amie Elisha getting the first of what promised to be a goals rain.
Two minutes later Jike Stars had to pick the ball out of their goal again, as Akemini Kingsley got his first goal of the day.
Akemini was on song once again in the 24th minute, while Tamunoimama Kalio increased the Panthers tally to four just a minute later, with Jike Stars now evidently in sixes and sevens.
Jike Stars weathered the storm from then on ensuring the first half finished 4:0.
The second half however saw the Panthers turn up the heat once again with Ikechukwu Nwafor and Mohammed Akari getting on the score sheet for the unrelenting Panthers.
Tamunoimama Kalio eventually got a second goal to ensure his side ended the game by a whopping 7 goals to nothing.
Coach Larry Etim of the Garden City Panthers said his side decided to score as many goals as possible just in case qualification from the group went down to goals difference.
“I am very satisfied with this victory. You know we lost one nil (in first game) so we needed to come out and win convincingly in the event of a tie” he informed the press.
Bruce Balafama, Coach of Jike Stars acknowledged the Panthers were more superior to his side who traveled all the way from the creeks for the tournament.
“This is the first time that we are playing a team like panthers. They are well organized.
“From the creeks we brought out this team. No other team here is from the creeks as we are the only local team from the creeks or the village. We will play better next time.”
In the day’s second game Solomon Thompson’s 82nd minute strike was enough to secure SKE FC all 3pts in their match up against Rivers United Academy.