Thursday, June 05, 2014

Pillars trample on NPFL leader, Sharks

Glo Premier League Champions, Kano Pillars, did not just close the gap between themselves and league leaders, Sharks to two points but defeated the Port Harcourt in emphatic manner with the result at full time reading 4-1.
It took Kano Pillars just five minutes to get into the groove Azeez Shobowale headed in Gambo Mohammed's cross past Danladi Isah in Sharks goal.

Shobowale's goal galvanised the champions into action as they sensed they could kill off the game as a contest before Sharks could settle down.

On 26 minutes, Rabiu Ali (pictured) benefited from another Gambo assist as Pillars went into a two-goal at the break.

Seven minutes into the business end of the match, Ali turned provider for Adamu Hassan to head home for the third goal as Pillars looked in cruise control.

And in the 68th minute, Gambo made it a hat-trick of assists on the day when Hassan headed in Pillars' fourth goal to send their fans into wild jubilation at the Kano Pillars Stadium in Sabon-Gari.

Sharks got a goal through Christian Pyagbara's spot kick in the 77th minute after Fortune Omoniwari was felled in Pillars' box.

But that goal only proved to be academic as Pillars ran out 4-1 winners and extended their unbeaten run to nine matches.

In the early kick-off between El-Kanemi and Kaduna United, the former raced into a 3-0 lead inside the half hour mark through goals from Abdullahi Suleiman, Hassan Hissein and Anayor Emmanuel.

Substitute Ibrahim Mustapha scored the fourth goal to put Kaduna United to the sword.

Heartland continued their fine form with Happy Okuoka scoring twice at Sunshine Stars in their 2-2 at the Akure Stadium.

Muyiwa Lawal came off the bench to score one of Sunshine Stars' goal while Heartland's Doumbia Zoumana turned in Lawal's attempt into his own net.

Akwa United played against Abia Warriors with 10 men for longer spells after Iorliam Gwaza was sent  off in the 13th minute.

The Uyo club ended up losing 1-4 as Chisom Chikatara scored twice before Ini Akpan got one from the spot for Akwa United.

But further goals from Chima Uluocha and Peter Onyekachi made sure of the points for Warriors to secure their biggest win in the top flight.

Dolphins moved into fifth position in the standings after a 2-0 win over FC Taraba. The three-time sealed victory in the first half with goals from Chidiebere Okolie and Emem Eduok.

It was also a two-nil win for Giwa FC over Crown FC in the clash of newly-promoted teams. Shuaibu Ibrahim and Usman Nurudeenee scored for the Elephant who are now in seventh position.

Enyimba again won in Aba without conceding in 630 minutes of football. This time they defeated Gombe United 2-0. Andrew Abalogu and Mfon Udoh scored for the People's Elephant.

The two-time African champions are now third on the log and just two points behind leaders, Sharks.

Lobi Stars continued their dismal form on the road with a 1-3 loss at Enugu Rangers. The contest already looked all but over within 70 minutes as Emeka Eze's goal and a double from Christian Obiozor gave Rangers a three-goal lead.

Nanen Imenger would however score a consolation goal in the 79th minute for Lobi.

Bottom-placed Nembe City and Nasarawa United cancelled out themselves at the Krisdera Hotel Stadium in Omoku. Nasarawa United drop from second to fourth position following the draw.

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