Monday, July 22, 2013

Sharks climb out of bottom spot

For the first time in nine consecutive matchdays in the Glo Premier League, Sharks will not sit in the bottom spot in the standings. The Blue Angels have been replaced by Wikki Tourists.

The Port Harcourt have occupied bottom place for two months and 22 days before the lift.

At the upper half of the table, the table-toppers still remain Kano Pillars. Warri Wolves, Bayelsa United and Enyimba complete the top four.

Sharks 2 – 1 Kaduna United

Isaac Loute made it look like a promising start for the Blue Angels with an 11th minute goal. But Kaduna United fought back through Emeka Akueme, who got his second goal in two games. But it was the genius of Christian Pyagbara at the death that provided the sting in United's tail, as Tayo Fabiyi turned home the winner for Sharks.

Bayelsa United 1 – 0 Kano Pillars

It was a 75th minute strike from Salomon Junior that put the tie to bed and ensured Bayelsa United won on Saturday. But Kano Pillars still sit top of the standings but not in pretty circumstance as the chasing pack breath down their neck.

Akwa United 2 – 1 Lobi Stars

Mfon Udoh was the hero for Akwa United. He netted in the 10th minute but Anthony Okpotu evened the score with 14 minutes to time from the spot in his farewell game as the hosts put themselves in numerical disadvantage. But Udoh stepped up to score the winner late on. Both teams still remain in the bottom four.

3SC 0 – 0 Dolphins

This game was played behind closed doors. Journalists were barred from entry. But 3SC failed to get a win they craved for. Gbolahan Salami missed a second half spot kick. The Ibadan club still live dangerously in the standings and the ultimatum on head coach, Akeem Busari is still counting.

ABS 1 – 0 Gombe United

The Saraki Boys made sure they claimed a win that took off the pressure on them as they sit in the table overlooking the bottom four. Lordson Ichull's well converted penalty on the half hour mark was just enough to give ABS the full points.

Sunshine Stars 3 – 1 Kwara United

After the pre-match drama, this game got underway half an hour late. Kwara United appeared to have lost the game psychologically as they conceded from three-headed goals inside 22 minutes through a double from Christian Josiah and then a third from Alaba Adeniyi. Stanley Dimgba got the consolation for Kwara United before the break. The Afonja Warriors pushed for a second goal in the second half without success.

Heartland 1 – 0 Warri Wolves

Another game played without fans at the stadium. Heartland practically closed shop after Ebere Odiche scored in the 19th minute. The Naze Millionaires keep their top half place as Wolves are in the top five.

Enugu Rangers 2 – 0 Nembe City

The Flying Antelopes left it late in this tie. Oghogho Oduokpe missed a spot kick before Ugonna Uzochukwu and Meshack Chukwubuikem scored inside the last 15 minutes to help Rangers complete the double on a disappointing Nembe City.

Nasarawa United 1 – 1 Enyimba

Victor Namo's goal set the tone for this tie giving the Solid Miners a goal lead. But Bishop Onyeudo showed why Enyimba snapped him up from under the noses of Gombe United. Enyimba stay in fourth and will be happy with the point.

Wikki Tourists 0 – 1 El-Kanemi Warriors (abandoned)

Both teams went on for longer spells with little to separate each other. But inside the last 15 minutes, El-Kanemi Warriors' Chadian import, Hassan Hussain scored and the game was brought to an abrupt end with 10 minutes to time by angry Tourists fans as they felt the centre referee, S.N. Okobi, should have awarded the hosts a spot kick.

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