Thursday, May 23, 2013

Kwara Utd end Lobi's home invincibility

Source: Kwara United Facebook page

Kwara United notched up their second win on the road in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) this season.

It was the eighth away win in the Nigerian top flight after 14 matchdays. Here's a round up of Week 14:

Lobi Stars 0 – 1 Kwara United

Lobi Stars' unbeaten streak at home in the NPFL was ended by Kwara United on Wednesday. Kwara United's 1-0 win via Adamu Yahaya's goal brought to an end 18 months without a home loss for the hosts.

Kwara United goalkeeper, Suraj Aiyeleso even kept out Anthony Okpotu's as the Ilorin club increased their points for the season to 22. Coincidentally, it was the other Ilorin club, ABS that last won at Lobi on November 9, 2011.

3SC 2 – 0 Nasarawa United

Adewale Ibrahim got 3SC on the winning path again with a seventh minute goal. A superb overhead kick by Osagona Ighadaro gave the hosts an insurance goal with 22 minutes left to play for, as they tie up on 19 points with Nasarawa United.

Wikki Tourists 2 – 1 Warri Wolves

The Tourists gave themselves the chance of climbing out of the bottom four with a 2-1 win. Usman Sani got the opener for the hosts on 23 minutes and three minutes into the restart Musa Najare put Wolves on even terms. But Ibrahim Babale scored the winner for Wikki with a quarter of an hour to full time.

Kano Pillars 3 – 2 Kaduna United

The champions, Kano Pillars, edged northern rivals, Kaduna United 3-2. Rabiu Ali got the winning goal at the death after his first strike was cancelled out by Tijjani Adamu. Kabiru Umar scored the second for Pillars while Anthony Michael ensured Kaduna United fought back to 2-2. Kano Pillars reclaim top spot with this win and are now on 25 points.

Sunshine Stars 2 – 1 Heartland

Heartland had to play 87 minutes of this game with 10 men after centre referee, Paul Umuago sent off Happy Okuoka. Ikechukwu Ibenegbu scored in the 45th minute to stun the hosts but two penalties converted by goalkeeper Moses Ocheje gave Sunshine Stars a 2-1 win on the day.

ABS 2 – 1 Enugu Rangers

Rangers started strongly as Samuel Chukwudi put them in front on 12 minutes. Twenty-four minutes later, Ajibola Otegbeye equalised for ABS and Abdullahi Ibrahim put the game to bed for the hosts in the 74th minute.

Akwa United 1 – 0 Enyimba

Akwa United captain, Nnamso Edo, smashed home the winner from the spot with 20 minutes left to secure the full points for the hosts as Enyimba continue to blow hot and cold this season.

Bayelsa United 2 – 0 Nembe City

The Bayelsa derby was full of end-to-end stuff though City will feel hard done by with a few of the referee's calls. Peter Ebimobowei's double in the first half proved enough for Bayelsa United to win this grudge game as the hosts move into second spot on 23 points.

Dolphins 1 – 0 Gombe United

After a goalless first 45 minutes, Victor Ezuruike scored the winning goal for Dolphins from the spot on 62 minutes after Gombe United goalkeeper, Segun Fatunwase was adjudged to have tripped Chigozie Ihunda in the box. Dolphins have now played themselves into the top five.

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