Aside the draw for Warri Wolves and Kano Pillars, all the hosts defeated their visitors in week 17 games of the Nigeria Premier League
Two late goals were Lobi Stars saving grace as they secured another home win to jump to fourth on the log after seeing off Bayelsa United in a tight game played at the Chief Emmanuel Akume Atongo Stadium, Katsina Ala on Wednesday.
They managed to score two goals against the hard fighting visitors that played most part of the tie with 10 players after goalkeeper Gideon Gambo was given the marching order in the first minute of the tension soaked game.
He picked the ball outside his goal area which attracted a yellow card but Gideon displayed lack of remorse by bluntly refusing to respond to the call of referee Wale Akinsanya from Oyo State and was sent off while Japhet Opubo came in as his replacement.
Lobi wasted lots of scoring chances with Eche Idakwo the major culprit as he missed several sitters to the infuriation of the home fans. However, respite came the way of the home team when Terpase Tsafa was brought down in the vital area in the 85th minute with Terkaa Melai slotting in the resulting kick for his fifth goal of the season.
Seriki Audu sealed the win with a 90th minute effort. Lobi have now moved to fourth on the log with 25 points from 16 matches while Bayelsa United boast of 20 points from 14 matches.
ENYIMBA 1-0 DOLPHINS
Enyimba defeated Dolphins 1-0 to maintain their third position on the Nigeria league table. This victory is the Aba Millionaires’ first consecutive win of the season.
Mfon Udoh got the only goal of the match in the 11th minute and the hosts were unable to increase their lead with near misses which was the order of the day.
The People's Elephant have 25 points from 16 games and are third by the virtue of their better goals difference over Lobi Stars who share the same points with them.
HEARTLAND 1-0 AKWA UNITED
Heartland secured their first win from their last four matches at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri following a close 1-0 win over Akwa United.
The only goal of the match came about seven minutes from halftime after a Heartland attacker was adjudged to have been fouled by Akwa United's goalkeeper in the penalty area with Bright Ejike converting the spot kick.
Heartland are on 20 points from 16 matches while Akwa United are still on 22 points from same number of games.
GOMBE UNITED 1-1 WARRI WOLVES
The Desert Scorpions failed to make home advantage count again after they allowed the Seasiders to claim a point in Bauchi.
Gombe United made Pantami Stadium their fortress last season after they won 18 of the 19 home games but lost all their away matches.
The hosts got the first goal but they allowed Warri Wolves bounce back. Gombe United's position remains unchanged despite the draw. They have 17 points from 16 matches while Warri Wolves are on 22 points from same number of games.
CROWN FC 2-0 FC TARABA
The Ajilete Boys returned to winning ways at their Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan with a 2-0 home win over the Jalingo Boys.
Bode Daniels was among the scorers for the Ogbomosho based team. Crown are on 20 points from 16 matches while for FC Taraba it was another wasted trip after they couldn't pick at least a point. They only have a point on the road so far against Akwa United. FC Taraba are on 22 points from as many matches.
SHARKS 2-1 ABIA WARRIORS
Abia Warriors have been very hard to beat in the last four games but they couldn't find an answer to the rampaging league leaders.
The Blue Angels are 30 points from 16 matches and stay atop while Abia Warriors' quest was slowed down a bit as they only have 21 points though with a lesser games to their rivals. They have played 15
NASARAWA UNITED 2-0 ENUGU RANGERS
The Solid Miners continued their hot chase of league leaders, Sharks with another convincing win over the Flying Antelopes who refused to fly in Lafia after they succumbed to 2-0 defeat.
Nasarawa United were relegation battlers last season but the Lafia side have become one of the frontrunners this season due to the energetic work of new head coach, Mohammed Babaganaru who has brought self belief back in the club.
Their latest win over Rangers kept them only three points behind Sharks with 27 points from 16 matches while Rangers are courting relegation with a miserly 18 points from as many matches.
EL KANEMI WARRIORS 2-0 GIWA FC
Salisu Yusuf’s side made it a losing start for newly recruited Giwa FC coach, Kadiri Ikhana who was only confirmed for the job on Monday.
The Maiduguri based outfit are playing all their home matches in Kano because of the instability in the north east enclave. El Kanemi move to 20 points from 16 matches while Giwa remain on 21 points from 15 matches.
NEMBE CITY 1-1 KANO PILLARS
efforts in 14 matches. The draw secured by the visitors takes their points tally to 22 from 15 matches.