Sunday, August 04, 2013

Sharks earn point in Ilorin

Struggling Port Harcourt club, Sharks, with odds stacked against them nicked a point off Kwara United in one of Saturday's Glo Premier League match in Ilorin.

Both teams played out a goalless draw at the Kwara State Stadium, where the hosts had hoped to complete a double over Sharks having won the reverse fixture 1-0 in Port Harcourt in March.

Sharks even had an added time goal scored by Ezioha Okereke chopped off.

It is the first time since March 2008 that the Blue Angels will earn a point off Kwara United in a league game in Ilorin.

A please Sharks head coach, Gbenga Ogunbote, described the outcome as deserving for his team.

"We played to our strength. The boys were composed and showed maturity in the way they played today (Saturday). Now they are believing that it is possible to escape relegation," said Ogunbote.

Port Harcourt clubs, however, completed a weekend to remember over their Ilorin counterparts as Dolphins dismissed ABS 2-0 at the Liberation Stadium in the other game on Saturday.

Just before the break, former Warri Wolves man, Omo Johnson, turned in Olewezi Johnson's assist for Dolphins' opening goal.

Ten minutes to time, Emeka Atuloma headed away the insurance goal off a Chidiebere Okolie's cross to knock the wind out of ABS' sail.

Dolphins climb from eighth to third position and are now on 36 points while city rivals, Sharks remain in the bottom four on 27 points.

Seven matches will be played in the Premier League on Sunday and they are expected to have a bearing on the log though Kano Pillars will remain top irrespective of the results.

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