Monday, May 21, 2012

NPL wrap for Matchday 27

3SC midfielder, Philip Asuquo was picked as the DStv Mobile Man-of-the-Match by journalists at the Lekan Salami Stadium for his role in helping his team beat ABS FC 2-1 on Saturday.

Matchday 27 of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) recorded 23 goals, eight home wins and two draws including the surprise 3-3 draw between Sunshine Stars and Jigawa Golden Stars.

3SC 2 – 1 ABS FC
Mutiu Adegoke scored from the spot to cancel out Andrew Abalogu's wonder strike before new boy, Moses Ogaga (pictured) nodded home the winner for 3SC with 15 minutes to time. 3SC and ABS are both outside of the top half of the standings.

Wikki Tourists 0 – 0 Niger Tornadoes
This game was played behind closed doors in Bauchi and Tornadoes did themselves a lot of good by leaving the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium with a point though they remain in the bottom four on 26 points. Wikki are 12th with 36 points.

Kwara United 1 – 0 Kano Pillars
Kano Pillars were close to avoiding defeat until Segun Alebiosu popped up with the winner on 77 minutes as Kwara United notch up 34 points. Pillars are third on 40 points.

Akwa United 1 – 0 Sharks
The Promise Keepers continued with their superb form this season as they beat Sharks 1-0 through Ada Adama's goal. Akwa United are in the top four with 39 points and Sharks are in 10th and one of five teams on 36 points.

Heartland 2 – 0 Lobi Stars
In spite of a 2-0 win over Lobi Stars on Sunday, Heartland remain outside of the top half of the table with 34 points though with outstanding games. Second half goals from Brendan Ogbu and Kabiru Umar ensured Lobi remain on 36 points.

Gombe United 1 – 0 Dolphins
Champions, Dolphins lost at Gombe United with Ifeanyi Ezengwa scoring on 34 minutes after Austin Ekpoma had missed from the spot. Dolphins dropped to fifth and Gombe United are sixth. Both teams are on 39 points.

Sunshine Stars 3 – 3 Jigawa Stars
The odds were stacked against Jigawa Stars but they went in front through Nobel Ansor on five minutes before Dele Olorundare levelled the game before the break from the spot. Bala Mohammed scored from the spot on 49 minutes but Olorundare drew Sunshine Stars level again.

Cletus Itodo scored from a direct free-kick on the hour mark but Ado Ali's own goal on the death meant both sides shared points as Jigawa Stars stay in the bottom four.

Enyimba 2 – 0 Kaduna United
Winger Chimezie Amanfor scored twice in the last 15 minutes, with his first goal shrouded in controversy, to ensure Enyimba go second on 43 points. Kaduna United are five points above the drop zone.

Warri Wolves 2 – 1 Ocean Boys
Wolves recorded their first win in the NPL over Ocean Boys in scrappy fashion. Ebitimi Agogo put the Divine Warriors ahead on 30 minutes. But the 2006 champions had a two-minute of madness as Wolves fought back through goals from Michael Okoyoh and Musa Najare to win the tie in the last 10 minutes to go eighth on 36 points. Ocean Boys remain second from bottom.

Enugu Rangers 3 – 1 Rising Stars
Two first half goals from Efe Yarhere and another in the restart from Ifeanyi Ede meant Rangers remained top on 46 points. But Niyi Adekunle's 89th minute goal breached the Flying Antelopes for the first time in four games, as Rising Stars stay rooted to bottom place.

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