Thursday, May 19, 2011

NPL wrap for Week 22

It's eight over 10 for our predictor for matchday 22 including one correct prediction for the Gombe United versus Juth tie. 
Dolphins also extend their lead at the top of the table by five points while champions, Enyimba went go crazy in Aba.

Plateau United 3 – 1 Ocean Boys
In spite of the win, Plateau United are still eight points from safety. But Bitrus Bewarang’s side showed character to fight back after going a goal down inside 36 minutes to Kingsley Nwakama’s strike. A second half fight back with goals from two-goal hero Esom Tochukwu and George Akpabio showed that Plateau United are not ready to go down without a battle.
Our prediction: 2 – 1

Niger Tornadoes 3 – 1 Heartland
Sibi Gwar became the fourth player to score a hat-trick this season in the topflight after Ehiosun Ekigho, Chigozie Christopher and Brendan Ogbu when he took the backline of Heartland to the cleaners in Minna. Okey Nwadike got Heartland’s goal but both clubs remain outside of the top half of the log.
Our prediction: 2 – 1

Sharks 1 – 0 Lobi Stars
New signing, Andrew Michael, got the Blue Angels the only goal of the game on 13 minutes and it turned out to be the winner. Sharks held on well though lost a couple of chances. But John Obuh's team climb to fourth place on the log.
Our prediction: 3 – 0

Gombe United 1 – 0 Juth
Gombe United’s hero of the day was Mustapha Babadidi. His goal came eight minutes to the end in a tie that Juth showed great fight to hold on till their resistance was broken on 82 minutes. Gombe gave themselves a lifeline, as they are now eight points off the drop zone while Juth remain rooted at the bottom of the table.
Our prediction: 1 – 0

3SC 1 – 0 Zamfara United
It was an edgy game for 3SC in Abeokuta but Chima Akas netted the winner just five minutes to half time and Fatai Amoo's side as usual were wasteful in front of goal. 3SC climb from 15th position to 14th on the log while Zamfara United continue their battle for survival as number 19 on the table.
Our prediction: 2 – 0

Enugu Rangers 2 – 2 Dolphins
Alphonsus Dike’s men will be distraught they did not take all points, as Dolphins fought back twice from behind to earn a point. Brendan Ogbu got Rangers in front on four minutes before Kennedy Chinwo smashed home a 31st minute spot kick to pull Dolphins level. On 63 minutes, Chimaobi Chukwu gave Rangers the lead again but loss of concentration by the home team saw league leaders, Dolphins equalise five minutes later through Victor Michael. Dolphins open a five-point lead at the top and Rangers continue their chase for a continental place.
Our prediction: 1 – 1

Warri Wolves 2 – 1 Crown FC
Strugglers Crown FC proved tough in this game. Gift Atulewa put Wolves ahead on 37 minutes but Victor Nnadike equalised for Crown with seven minutes left to play. When it looked like Crown would pull off matchday 22’s most shocking result, Ehiosun Ekigho stepped up to score the winner on 93 minutes. Wolves are third and Crown are 18th on the log.
Our prediction: 3 – 0

Enyimba 4 – 0 Sunshine Stars
Titleholders, Enyimba, proved that their 3 – 0 defeat of Dolphins earlier was no fluke and followed up with a 4 – 0 win over Sunshine Stars. Victor Barnabas, Samuel Tswanya, David Tyavkase and Ifeanyi Ede got the goals. Enyimba again close the gap on Dolphins to 12 while Sunshine Stars lose ground on the league leaders but with a game at hand.
Our prediction: 2 - 0

Kaduna United 3 – 0 Kwara United
Kaduna United went rampant on Kwara United by defeating Kadiri Ikhana's men three-nil. Jude Aneke scored twice and Siman Yusuf completed the rout.
Our prediction: 1 - 1

Bukola Babes 0 - 1 Kano Pillars
Newcomers, Bukola Babes, suffered a home loss for the first time this season. Rabiu Ali's shot from 35 yards slipped off the hands of Suraj Ayeleso in goal for the Babes and in spite of his swift attempt to recollect the ball before it crossed the line, the referee signalled for a goal. The win is a big boost to Ladan Bosso and his men.
Our prediction: 2 - 1

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