Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Dolphins close gap on Sunshine

Dolphins have equalled Sunshine Stars on points at the summit of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) following a one-nil win over Kaduna United on Wednesday.

In their own rescheduled game at the Pantami Stadium in Gombe, Sunshine Stars suffered their second heaviest defeat in this campaign.

Gombe United ran over the league leaders 3-0.

The win for Dolphins means they go on same 57 points with Sunshine Stars but the latter edge them on a healthy goals difference.

But Dolphins still have an outstanding game to play and a win would see them overtake Sunshine Stars by three points at the time.

Playing their home games at the Sharks Stadium in Port Harcourt due to the ongoing National Sports Festival at the Liberation Stadium, Dolphins started brightly.

It took just seven minutes for the 2004 Nigerian champions to open score through Osita Echendu.

And the goal turned out to be the winner in a game that Dolphins lost too many scoring chances while Kaduna United nearly got on level terms at the death.

But Sunshine Stars were soundly beaten 0-3 in this rescheduled Week 26 game by Gombe United to stretch their losing streak at the ground of their hosts to three years.

The duo of Adamu Mohammed and Sanusi Sani got the goals for Gombe United.

Mohammed opened the floor for Gombe United's rout on the leaders on 43 minutes.

And 10 minutes into the restart, Sani got his first goal of the season.

Sani was on hand to poke home his second and Gombe United's third of the afternoon on 69 minutes to down Gbenga Ogunbote's men.

Gombe United are now on 38 minutes after playing 29 games.

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