NPFL Matchday 25: Kano Pillars crush MFM, Plateau United fall to Abia Warriors

The Masu Gida put in a clinical showing to overcome the Olukoya Boys, while Peace Boys remain top despite suffering defeat at the Promise Keepers on matchday 25

Kano Pillars 3-1 MFM FC  

Amos Gyang and Adamu Mohammed scored two late goals for Kano Pillars, as Masu Gida extinguished the fire in MFM at the Sani Abacha Stadium.

Rabiu Ali gave Pillars an early advantage when he converted a 13th minute spot kick.

The Olukoya Boys took the game to the 2013 league winners and equalised through Stephen Odey for his 15th goal of the term. 

It was not until the 86th minute that Gyang made the breakthrough for Masu Gida as the winger headed the ball into the net.

Fidelis Ilechukwu's boys collapsed and conceded again shortly before the final whistle as Adamu chipped the ball beyond goalkeeper Ospino Egbe to make it 3-1.

Lobi Stars 1-0 Rivers United 

Lobi Stars defeated Rivers United 1-0. And the victory handed the Pride of Benue their 11th win of the season in a game that saw substitute Nanen Imenger grab a late strike at the Aper Aku Stadium on Friday.

The hosts dominated possession for long spells, with the away side getting bodies behind the ball it was difficult for the hosts to score. Anthony Okpotu's spot-kick miss almost proved costly for Solomon Ogbeide's side.

However it summed up a difficult afternoon for the Pride of Rivers on a day they lost their 10th match of the campaign.

Abia Warriors 2-1 Plateau United 

A brace from Shedrack Asiegbu was enough to give Abia Warriors a 2-1 victory in their match against Plateau United at the Umuahia Township Stadium on Sunday.

The Ucendu Babes broke the deadlock 14 minutes into the game when Asiegbu bagged a breathtaking goal. It was a spectacular strike that saw the home fans erupt in celebration.

Substitute Hamzat Owolabi then delivered a stunning leveller in the 80th minute.

Asiegbu handed the maximum points to Abia Warriors with a well taken penalty kick in injury time.

Akwa United 2-0 Katsina United  

There was no surprise at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium as Akwa United humbled Katsina United 2-0.

The Chanji Boys found themselves two goals down inside just 14 minutes, as Ibrahim Alhassan and Musa Newman found their scoring boots.

Having had numerous chances to add a third in the remainder of the first half, neither Akwa nor Katsina could create any further openings as the match petered out in the second period.

FC IfeanyiUbah 0-0 Wikki Tourists 

FC IfeanyiUbah failed to score as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Wikki Tourists in Nnewi. 

The Anambra Warriors had the better of the rare chances across the 90 minutes, with Bauchi Elephants shot-stopper Emeka Nwabulu producing two solid saves to earn his side a share of the spoils.

Jonathan Richard fired an ambitious effort from 22 yards for Wikki Tourists' only attempt of note, in what was an impressive defensive display from the Bauchi side to keep out the top-scoring side.

Niger Tornadoes 0-0 Enugu Rangers

Niger Tornadoes and Enugu Rangers played out a goalless draw in a tension soaked NPFL fixture at the Confluence Stadium.

Wakili Abdullahi missed an early penalty for the Ikon Allah Boys as the ball hit the woodwork, and Rangers shot-stopper Saidu Mutawakilu was directly responsible for keeping the Flying Antelopes levelled.

El Kanemi Warriors 2-0 Remo Stars 

El Kanemi Warriors took a giant step towards a continental spot with a 2-0 victory against relegation haunted Remo Stars.

The Sky Blue Stars won 1-0 at home to Nasarawa United last weekend but a similar result never appeared likely as the Maiduguri side cruised relatively untroubled to their 13th win of the season.

Anthony Sunday bagged a brace as the Desert Warriors deservedly grabbed all maximum points at stake at the El Kanemi Sports Complex. 

Shooting Stars 2-0 ABS FC 

Shooting Stars picked up just their seventh league win of the season by seeing off ABS FC 2-0 at the Lekan Salami Stadium.

The Saraki Boys fell behind in the 58th minute after Ibrahim Adewale prodded home following some slack defending on the part of the Ilorin based team.

Despite an onslaught on their goal, the Oluyole Warriors held firm and peeled away to score a killer four minutes from time through Sunday Faleye. 

Nasarawa United 1-0 Enyimba 

Nasarawa United closed the gap on leaders Plateau United to eight points courtesy of a 1-0 win over Enyimba. 

Abdulrahman Bashir scored the only goal of the game after 48 minutes, powering past Fatau Dauda in goal for the People's Elephants 

The Solid Miners now sit eight points adrift of Plateau United, who lost 2-1 to Abia Warriors.

Sunshine Stars 2-1 Gombe United  

Gombe United slipped to a 2-1 loss to Sunshine Stars in a close door clash at the Dipo Dina Stadium.

Sikiru Alimi gave the Owena Whales the lead when he controlled and finished inside the area after the ball had found it way to him.

Dayo Ojo then doubled Sunshine Stars' advantage when he reacted quickest to riffle the ball home. 

Austine Oladapo gave the visitors a lifeline when he converted with an overhead kick from close range, but the hosts held on to take the points.