The Blue Angels secured maximum points in the Port Harcourt derby to jump to a comfortable spot on Wednesday where all but two games failed to produce victory for the home teams
DOLPHINS 1-2 SHARKS
The Blue Angels have garnered 10 points from possible 12 out of their last four matches to march to 12th on the table with 33 points from 25 matches as against the relegation zone the club had flirted all season.
Sharks started the revival since the start of the second stanza and it had resulted in three victories over Kaduna United, Gombe United and Dolphins and a draw against Kwara United in Ilorin.
The Gbenga Ogunbote led side defeated Dolphins at the Liberation Stadium Wednesday to move to comfortable spot on the league table.
Isiaka Olawale shot Dolphins in the lead from the spot before two goals through Sharks' Jonah Abutu and Christian Pyagbara put the Blue Angels in the ascendancy.
Sharks have 33 points from 25 games to place 12th while Dolphins in spite of the loss are ninth with 36 points from same ties. Sharks will step even higher with a home win over Lobi Stars on Sunday while Dolphins visit Owerri as guests of Heartland this weekend. The game is the last home tie the Naze Millionaires will play under closed doors after the league's body ordered the club to play three games without their fans because of the alleged unruly behaviour of the home fans after the defeat to Enyimba at Owerri.
BAYELSA UNITED 4-1 AKWA UNITED
Bayelsa United have gone goal berserk in the last two home games having scored seven goals and conceding only one in victories over El Kanemi Warriors and Akwa United at the Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa.
Goals from Jafar Buhari who notched two goals and one each from Gindo Abdoulaye and Uche Ihuarulam handed important three points to coach Ladan Bosso led lads. Mfon Udoh's solitary strike for the Uyo side only served as a consolation.
Bayelsa United are second with 42 points from 25 matches. They have same points as first place Kano Pillars but with inferior goals difference. The Kano side however have a game at hand having only played 24 ties.
Akwa United on the other hand have slipped to 13th with 33 points from as many games.
The Yenagoa side will visit Ibadan to face wounded 3SC on Sunday while Akwa United battle El Kanemi Warriors in Uyo too. They are both matchday 26 ties.
WIKKI TOURISTS 2-1 3SC
The Bauchi side nicked a precious home win that was etched with controversies after the Oluyole Warriors alleged that the centre referee, Garuba Hamsa from Kano State overruled a legitimate goal scored by 3SC's Ighodaro Osagona in the 90th minute to deny the club a valuable point against Wikki Tourists. The goal had come off a free kick taken by Femi Oladapo just outside the box.
Solomon Jabason and Alaba Sakin had put Wikki two goals up inside the opening eighth minutes but Taofik Adepoju pulled a goal back in the 43rd minute for 3SC to ensure a nail-biting end to the league tie. The Ibadan side also alleged that the game was watched by appreciable fans despite the behind closed doors order from the league's body.
Wikki are 14th with 32 points from 25 matches while 3SC are 19th with 30 points from same number of games. Wikki will go to Ilorin to face ABS while 3SC will play host to Bayelsa United in Ibadan.
KANO PILLARS 3-0 ABS
ABS were shorn of their seven regular players prior to the trip to Kano and they deservedly lost 0-3 to the league's reigning champions.
Manir Ubale gave Pillars the lead in 17th minute, before Buhari Musa made it 2-0 in the 58th minute.
Inspirational midfielder Rabiu Ali took the game beyond their opponents with the third goal in the 83rd minute. Ali has scored eight goals in the league this season.
Pillars have 42 points from 24 games to hang on to the top of the table even with a game at hand while ABS slid down to 16th with 32 points from 25 games.
Pillars visit Akure as guests of Sunshine Stars while ABS hosts Bayelsa United. Both games are matchday 26 ties and will take place this weekend.
LOBI STARS 1-0 SUNSHINE STARS
The Makurdi side have gained important home win against the Akure Gunners in their desperate aim to escape relegation at the end of the season. The lone goal win shot them from the foot of the league table to 17th with 32 points from 25 games while the loss has further limited Sunshine's chances of a continental slot at the end of the season. They are now 11th with 34 points from 25 games.
Terkaa Melai, Lobi's goaltender was the hero of the game as he stepped out to place the ball beyond the reach of the Akure side from the penalty spot in the stoppage time of the first half after the centre referee, Charles Ozigbo from Anambra State spotted an infringement in the 18 yard box.
Lobi must avoid defeat in Port Harcourt when they entertain Sharks this weekend while Sunshine must dust off their latest setback immediately ahead of a cagey affair against Pillars in Akure this weekend.
GOMBE UNITED 1-0 HEARTLAND
The Savannah Scorpions as promised added to the misery of the Naze Millionaires after they pipped them 1-0 through a strike from Cyril Obodo in the 38th minute of the encounter played at the Pantami Stadium,Gombe.
It was the ideal response for Gombe United after their 0-3 away loss to Sharks last weekend and the win lifted them to seventh on the log with 37 points from 25 games. Gombe United are among the few clubs with intimidating home record having only relinquished two points at home from possible 39. They along Kaduna United are the only clubs without any away point this season.
Heartland on their part are yet to recover from the hangover of the sack of their technical officials and they have a tough assignment this weekend as they hosts Dolphins under closed doors at the Dan Anyiam Stadium while Gombe United will take their search for first road point of the season to Enugu as guests of Rangers this weekend.
KWARA UNITED 1-0 ENUGU RANGERS
A controversial spot kick converted by Stanley Dimgba was all the Afonja. Warriors needed to down the Flying Antelopes 1-0 on Wednesday at the Kwara State Stadium, Ilorin.
Rangers cried daylight robbery but the result stood and Kwara United are now third on the log with 41 points from 25 games while Rangers are eighth with 36 points from same number of matches.
Samson Unuanel tutored Kwara United are on a roller coaster having picked seven points from possible nine from the last three matches. They notched an away win at Owerri against Heartland too.
Kwara United travel to Lafia to face Nasarawa United this weekend while Rangers will be at home to Gombe United.
KADUNA UNITED 2-1 NASARAWA UNITED
Ndubuisi Ekweribe and Linus Adams returned Kaduna United to winning ways at the Kaduna Township Stadium on Wednesday. Nasarawa United on their part whose players are on half salary and the coaches on two game ultimatum could only get a goal through Ibrahim Ibrahim as it ended 2-1 in favour of the home team.
It is yet to be known what the fate of Nasarawa United's head coach, Alphonsus Dike and his lieutenants after this loss.
Kaduna United are 10th on the log with 35 points from 25 matches while Nasarawa United are now bottom of the log despite a good start in the first stanza. They have 30 points from 25 ties. Kaduna United will travel to Aba to face on form Enyimba this weekend while Nasarawa United are in a must win situation when they hosts high riding Kwara United in Lafia.
WARRI WOLVES 0-0 ENYIMBA
The Seasiders lost further ground in their bid to secure a double this season after they were held to a goalless draw at home by one of their main rivals for the league title, Enyimba at the Warri City Stadium.
Both sides put up a good show and the goalkeepers for both sides, Okeimute Odah and Femi Thomas were in excellent form to deny any of the two sides the opportunity to score while good work from the defence marshalled by Junior Osagie for the home team and Chinedu Udoji for the visitors prevented goals too.
Warri Wolves are currently fourth on the log with 39 points from 25 games while Enyimba are fifth with 39 points too but with inferior goals difference to the Warri side.
Enyimba should gain maximum points at home to Kaduna United to rise to the top of the table if other results go their way with Pillars(42), Bayelsa United(42),Kwara United(41) and Warri Wolves(39) all playing away from home this weekend. Warri Wolves have an away fixture to negotiate with Nembe City on Sunday in Yenagoa.