Tuesday, March 20, 2012

NPL wrap for Week 15

Enugu Rangers were finally brought down to earth at Sunshine Stars on Sunday as they lost the chance of going 10 matches unbeaten this season. But the Flying Antelopes remain top of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) standings and three points ahead of the chasing pack.

For the first time this season, newcomers Rising Stars find themselves in the drop zone and ABS FC, Kano Pillars and Niger Tornadoes are now the sides with the highest unbeaten streak of five games each. And the town of Hadejia in Jigawa played host to the first Monday game of the season.

Sharks 1 – 0 Kaduna United
Birthday boy, Gomo Onduku gave himself a perfect gift on Saturday when his second minute goal ensured that the Blue Angels win their fifth game of the season and go up two places to 13th position. Kaduna United still remain in the bottom four with 13 points.

Niger Tornadoes 1 – 0 Enyimba
Enyimba’s chance of closing the gap on leaders, Enugu Rangers failed as substitute Son Hingir hit the winner for Niger Tornadoes on 68 minutes. Tornadoes are now 12th on the log with 19 points and Enyimba stay in second place with 23 points.

Heartland 1 – 0 3SC
A first half strike by Emmanuel Ahamefula was just enough to help the Cup holders, Heartland, who are just one place off the top half of the table. 3SC now live dangerously as they are just two points and two places above the drop zone.

Akwa United 3 – 1 Gombe United
For the first time this season, swash-buckling Akwa United scored three goals in a game. Goals from Musa Najare, Ibrahim Babale and the impressive Ini Akpan were sandwiched by Abduljeleel Yekini’s strike for visiting Gombe United. The Desert Scorpions have now gone five games without a win while Akwa United climb into the top six.

ABS FC 1 – 0 Rising Stars
The Saraki Boys continued with their unbeaten run as they aim to hit a seven-game target of no loss. Stone Evbuomwan scored the winning goal on 52 minutes as ABS climb out of the bottom four and Rising Stars replaced them in the drop zone.

Lobi Stars 2 – 0 Dolphins
Champions, Dolphins were downed by two strikes in each half from two experienced NPL campaigners, Lazarus Chukwu and David Tyavkase. Dolphins dropped from fifth to eighth and Lobi Stars are now two points above the relegation line.

Sunshine Stars 2 – 0 Enugu Rangers
Okey Emordi’s men went to Sunshine Stars with high hopes of avoiding defeat after going nine games unbeaten. Sunshine Stars’ captain, Godfrey Oboabona scored from the spot on 48 minutes and striker Dele Olorundare made it two on 77 minutes, as the Akure Gunners climb from eighth to fifth place and five points behind the leaders.

Ocean Boys 2 – 1 Wikki Tourists
The Divine Warriors were made to work hard for this home win. On 34 minutes, Collins Nwaneri put the hosts in front and Victor Yakubu levelled for the Tourists 50 minutes later before Ralph Nwerebe netted the winner for Ocean Boys with five minutes to time. Despite the win, Ocean Boys remain in the bottom four and Wikki are still in the top four.

Warri Wolves 2 – 0 Kwara United
Maurice Cooreman’s team scored a goal in each half to win this game. Super Eagles’ attacking midfielder, Uche Ossai opened score on 34 minutes and new boy from Mighty Jets, Austin Amutu nodded in the second in the 75th minute on his debut. Wolves are in seventh place and Kwara United are in 10th.

Jigawa Golden Stars 0-0 Kano Pillars
A goalless outing on Monday evening at the Hadejia Township Stadium against Jigawa Stars leaves Kano Pillars tied on 23 points with Enyimba, who stay in second place. The Golden Stars remain rooted to bottom spot with 12 points.

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