Monday, October 24, 2011

NPL wrap for Week 35

Match day 35 of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) produced wins for all the home teams.

The signature game of the week between title contenders, Dolphins and Sunshine Stars produced end-to-end stuff.

Jos, hitherto known for being a hunting ground for away teams turned out to be an arena of nightmare for Kadiri Ikhana’s men, as they suffered the biggest defeat by any team this season so far.

Here are the reviews of all 10 games in the NPL in which our predictor got nine correct results including two exact results:

Plateau United 7 – 0 Kwara United

Kwara United suffered their biggest loss of the season when they went down 7-0.

George Akpabio (pictured) got a treble to his name to live up to his pre-season rating while Obadiah Longji scored a brace.

Shehu Abdullahi and Shuaibu Adesa got a goal each against Ikhana's side to ensure that Plateau United moved two points within safety.

3SC 1 – 0 Heartland

Taofeek Adepoju's third minute goal was enough to seal a hard fought win for 3SC in Ibadan against Cup kings, Heartland.

Fatai Amoo's men are now 15th on the standings with 44 points while Heartland have two points more and occupy 12th place.

Bukola Babes 1 – 0 Juth

The Babes compounded Juth's woes with an odd goal scored by Vincent Ogar inside 20 minutes of the game.

In spite of a spirited fight from De-Healers, their dream to stay in the top flight looks all but ended with this loss. Juth remain bottom of the standings with 29 points while Bukola Babes are just one place off the top 10.

Sharks 2 – 0 Warri Wolves

NPL legend, Victor Ezeji finally ended his drought in front of goal with a headed effort 10 minutes into the second half before former 3SC man, Efosa Ikhimhin doubled the lead for Sharks.

Sharks remain seventh with 56 points, as Warri Wolves' slipped out of the top four and are now fifth on the standings with 59 points.

Zamfara United 2 – 1 Lobi Stars

Zamfara United handed themselves a chance to survive by edging Lobi Stars. Ndubuisi Timothy and Abdullahi Anas got the goals for Zamfara United and left-back, Bassey Ezekiel netted for Lobi Stars.

Lobi Stars are ninth on the log and Zamfara United remain in 18th position with 37 points - three behind the safety zone.

Gombe United 1 – 0 Niger Tornadoes

Adamu Mohammed scored his ninth goal of the season and his solitary strike lifted Gombe United to a one-nil win over Tornadoes in this north central derby.

Both teams remain outside of the top half of the log on same points - 46.

Sunshine Stars 3 – 2 Dolphins

The top-of-the-table clash lived up to its billing, as Sunshine Stars opened a three-point lead over Dolphins with this win.

Ghanaian star, Owusu Addae set the tone for the game in 25 minutes before joint top scorer, Ibrahim Ajani drew Sunshine Stars level.

Cletus Itodo and Dele Olorundare made sure Sunshine Stars raced into a two-goal lead but Emma Nwachi scored for Dolphins from the spot at the death and got a red card seconds later.

Kano Pillars 2 – 0 Ocean Boys

Ladan Bosso's men continued their fine run with a two-goal win over the Divine Warriors. Two second half goals from Rabiu Ali and John Huan keeps Pillars five points behind leaders, Sunshine Stars.

Ocean Boys are on the edge, as they are just two points above the drop zone in 16th position in the NPL table.

Enugu Rangers 3 – 0 Kaduna United

Kaduna United suffered their second straight loss, as Ifeanyi Egwim, Kabiru Umar and Akeem Yakubu scored for Enugu Rangers at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium on Sunday.

The win pushes the Flying Antelopes up to fourth place on 62 points while Kaduna United are eighth with 52 points.

Enyimba 2 – 1 Crown FC

Crown defended their one goal lead scored by Gabriel Agu for 42 minutes before capitulating in the last 18 minutes of the game.

Philip Auta and Ifeanyi Ede made sure that the champions got a 2 - 1 win to stay within five points of securing a continental place.

Crown FC are still rooted in the relegation zone.

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