Ayaba United and Highlanders FC, Ture were the last two teams to pick the last Quarter final slots of the ongoing Adamu Yola Gombe South Unity Cup played today at the Olusegun Obasanjo Stadium, Kaltungo, Gombe.
It was the Matchday four of Round of 16 of the 7th Edition of the competition and Ayaba United FC eliminated Bare City FC in a game decided by penalties while Highlanders FC, Ture booked their spot in the last eight after another pulsating spot kick victory over FC Greater Tomorrow.
The first match between Bare City FC and Ayaba United FC produced four goals with two goals for either side.
It was Bare City FC that drew the first blood in the 13th minute through Musa Kenneth after they dominated play right from Kickoff.
Ayaba United FC got their equalizer through Kefas Amos in the 23rd minute.
Nothing could separate both teams going into the break.
On resumption of the second half, Ayaba United FC were more adventurous and it paid off when Rabiu Yila put them ahead for the first time in the 55th minute.
Bare United did not lay back as they had a goal ruled out for offside not too long after Ayaba United’s second goal. Their persistence paid off in the 68th minute when they equalized through their captain Richard Yusuf.
Nothing could separate both sides and the game had to be decided by penalties.
Ayaba United FC triumphed 2-1 in the penalty shootout to qualify for the quarter-final.
The second match of the day between FC Greater Tomorrow and Highlanders FC Ture ended just like the first match 2-2.
Abdullahi Haruna put FC Greater Tomorrow ahead in the 4th minute. Dauda Haruna equalized for Highlanders FC Ture in the 19th minute. In the second half, Naboth Danladi capitalized on a goalkeeping error to put Highlanders FC Ture ahead. Manasseh Oscar connected with a free kick in the 86th minute to level the scores and send the game to penalties.
Highlanders won the penalty shoot-out 4-3 to secure the last quarterfinal ticket.
The quarter-final fixtures are as follows:
Highlanders FC Ture vs
Ayaba United FC
Mai Rana Boys vs
Komta United FC
Kalorgu United FC vs Kaltungo Boys FC
Dinge Flying Bees FC vs