Thursday, May 22, 2014

Sharks tighten grip on top spot

Sharks had to scrap to a one-goal win over Enugu Rangers in a Glo Premier League match on Wednesday to stay top of the pile.
The win ensured they maintain a two-point lead over the chasing pack as they took their total points to 26.

It was the impressive Christian Pyagbara who nodded in the goal that turned out to be the winner after just 18 minutes into the match.

That was all the Blue Angels could muster on a day a total of 21 goals were scored in nine matches in the Glo Premier League, averaging 2.3 goals per match.

Second-placed Nasarawa United continued to breath down the neck of the Blue Angels after dismissing Giwa FC following a 2-0 win at the Lafia Township Stadium.

Esosa Igbinoba and Tony Edjomariegwe got the goals for Nasarawa United in the first half to stay within two points of league leaders, Sharks.

Giwa FC, who will now be managed by Kadiri Ikhana from their next match, drop four places down on the log and are now in 14th position on 18 points.

Two former champions, Enyimba and Kano Pillars secured a point each on the road but three-time champions, Dolphins, surrendered all points in Omoku.

Kano Pillars shared the points with Kaduna United in a 2-2 draw.

Samuel Agba got Kaduna United in front on 29 minutes before Rabiu Ali levelled things for Pillars in the 65th minute.

It was Agba, who scored again for Kaduna United just a minute after Ali's goal to restore the lead of the hosts.

With five minutes to time, Ali bundled the ball over the goal-line in a scramble to put the game at 2-2 and secure a point for the champions.

In Kano, six-time champions, Enyimba went in front against El-Kanemi Warriors just minutes before half time through Kingsley Sokari after Suleiman Dorri's error in defence.

El-Kanemi had to wait till five minutes to full time to level score from the spot through Emmanuel Anayo after Enyimba captain, Chinedu Udoji, handled the ball in his goal area.

Nembe City got their third win of the season after a 1-0 win over Dolphins. It was Musa Newman's solo effort in the 18th minute that earned City the win but they still remain bottom of the standings.

Akwa United just seem cannot recover from their recent slump in form as they lost 0-1 at Bayelsa United.

Bayelsa United striker, Peter Ebimobowei netted the goal that nailed Akwa United who were without two of their influential players, Nnamso Edo and Godspower Aniefiok.

Ebimobowei has now taken his goals tally to six and is now tied with Gombe United's Adamu Mohammed as leading scorers.

In the southeast derby in Owerri, Abia Warriors were forced to a 1-1 draw by Heartland. Warriors took the lead through Ifeanyi Onyeali before the break.

But Heartland fought back late as Bright Ejike scored from the spot in the 85th minute after Chuks Sampson fouled Waziri Kabiru in the box.

Lobi Stars dispatched FC Taraba 3-1 with Dickson Eche Idakwo, Joshua Abanye and Rabiu Mohammed getting their goals. Terfa Abaya's goal for FC Taraba proved elementary.

Warri Wolves failed to keep their top-three place from the last match day as they fell 1-2 at Crown FC.

Bode Daniel scored the opener just 13 minutes after kick-off for Crown FC.

Two minutes later, Wolves attacking winger, Stanley Dimgba beat the Crown FC defence for pace by running from midfield with the ball before slotting past Lateef Raji in goal for Crown.

On Thursday, Gombe United and Sunshine Stars played a one all draw in Bauchi. Gombe United took the lead on 16 minutes through Haruna Babalo before Tunde Adeniji levelled things four minutes before the break.

Gombe United were banished to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium in Bauchi for their next three matches following crowd trouble against Kano Pillars in a recent league game they lost 2-3.

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