The excitement before the game could not be translated into actual performance as Dolphins and Enyimba played out a barren draw at the Liberation Stadium, Port-Harcourt.
Enyimba approached the game with all seriousness from the blast of the whistle as in the first minute, Daniel Etor miskicked the ball when he should have scored.
But Dolphins rallied from that shock as Victor Ezeruike and Festus Austin organised the defence and they started playing well.
But the game could not rise above the expectation of the scanty crowd. There are few talking points in the first as players of the two teams played as if nothing was at stake.
Enyimba goalkeeper, Femi Thomas made just one save when he tipped a goal bound effort from ff Fred Okwara into touch.
The second half did not fare better as play was concentrated in the middle of the pitch as the players became very physical.
Early in the half Dolphins Chigozie Ihunda could have opened scores but his shot hit the upright and bounced back into play.
There was nothing to write about the game as the players were content with just playing the ball around until the end of the game.
Enyimba with the draw has 46 points and are third on the log behind Kano Pillars and El-Kanemi.