Federation Cup: Dolphins & Rising Stars crash out

Giant killers still had a field day in the concluding matches of the Round of 60 ties on Tuesday with big NPL clubs dumped out of the competition
Nigeria Premier League club sides Dolphins of Port Harcourt and Rising Stars of Ondo were the biggest casualties of Day Two of the 2012 Federation Cup Round of 60 matches played across the country on Tuesday as they bowed out to Plateau United and El Kanemi Warriors respectively.

Just like the way 3SC and Wikki Tourists fell to Fame Academy of Lagos and Prime FC of Osun on Monday, Dolphins and Rising Stars who are also campaigning in the NPL were shown the exit door by their foes in the Nigeria National League.

Plateau United sent Dolphins, who are four-time winners of the competition, packing by 1-0 while Rising Stars lost on penalties to El Kanemi Warriors 6-5 after the match ended 2-2 in regulation time.

Spotlite of Katsina defeated Mgbo FC of Ebonyi 2-0 with Samuel Agba and Joseph Abaji scoring both goals in the second half of the encounter while Lobi Stars thrashed Flash Flamingoes of Gombe 4-1.

Jonah Abutu scored in the third minute through a penalty, Seriki Audu with a brace in the 32nd and 54th minutes and the last goal from Tony Okpotu in the 38th minute gave Lobi a commanding 4-0 lead before Flamingoes scored one goal late on.

The tie between Nehoda FC Ebonyi and Ranchers Bees of Kaduna was posponed to a later date after the curfew ordered by the Kaduna State government prevented Ranch Bees from honouring the match slated for Keffi.

Kano Pillars and Niger Tornadoes all pulled through after wins over Nembe City of Bayelsa and Makwanda of Adamawa State.

The Nigeria Football Federation is yet to fix a date for the round of 32 matches.