Sunshine Stars FC held Katsina United to goalless draw in NPFL match day 14 meeting at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium, Sunday.
Having endured an underwhelming run of results in February, the result was the least the Owena Whales were hoping for in their first outing in March, to spark a change of fortune from the new month.
It was an end-to-end start as both sides dared to grab early advantage with Waheed Adebayo being the first to have a crack at goal, drawing a save from the keeper with a fierce shot inside the area after 17 minutes of play.
Two minutes later the hosts responded with an off target header from goal mouth, while Sunshine Stars’ were waiting for an offside call that was never made.
That was followed up by succession of failed onslaughts at goal thanks to good defensive pressure and brave goalkeeping from Uche Okafor who saved for the visitors from close range.
Young midfielder, Habib Yakub almost secured a breakthrough for Sunshine Stars with a well-taken free kick that sailed wide just before the half hour mark.
Then in the 43rd minute, Okafor tipped over from another free kick at the other end to ensure the coach Gbenga Ogunbote tinkered side did not trail at the interval.
The second half saw similar end-to-end pattern as the first.
Tolu Oluwole could have handed the visitors a match defining moment when he left his marker for dead, but slipped while moving through on goal in the 63rd minute.
Although Okafor and his defenders were kept busy in the closing stages, neither side could conjure a match winner as Sunshine Stars returned from the Northeast with a share of the spoils.
Sunshine Stars will host Nasarawa United in Akure on match day 15.