1XBET Cup 2023: Young Strikers defeat Panthers to pick Lagos Island conference ticket 

BY Akeem Busari
Young Strikers football club picked the sole ticket to represent Lagos Island conference at the final 8 of the 1XBET community football championship, after defeating Panthers FC 5-3 in the final match of the conference, played at the Hilario Campos Mini-stadium, Lagos. 
The final match watched by very impressive crowd, including several former Nigeria international players such as Tajudeen Disu, Nicholas Ubido, Taiwo Oloyede, Edema Benson, Michael Dominic and others, lived up to the expectations of the fans. And interestingly, Young Strikers rushed into a 3-0 lead within a spate of twenty minutes. 
A howler by Young Strikers’ goalkeeper gave their opponents a leeway into the game, as  they quickly got the second goal to send the delirious crowd into frenzy pitch.
Two more quick goals by Young Strikers literally took the winds off their sails, as their own third goal of the game, counted for nothing. 
A total of 47 goals were scored in 13 matches at the Lagos Island conference, setting a record for goals scored across the five conferences. 
Meanwhile, the organisers of 1XBET Cup, have promised improvements in the organisation of the championship, stating that the sponsors have reaffirmed their commitment to the development of grassroots football in Nigeria. 

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