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The Restoration Boys battled hard to grind out a crucial home win against the Flying Antelopes while the People's Elephant forced Sharks to a 1-1 draw

By Kolade Oni

BAYELSA UNITED 4-3 ENUGU RANGERS

The Restoration Boys triumphed in a seven goal thriller against the Flying Antelopes in an NPFL Week 11 clash played at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City on Wednesday.

It was a harvest of goals between both sides as five goals were scored in the first half alone while the other two came in the second half.

Enugu Rangers drew first blood in the fifth minute through Ejike Uzoenyi but it didn't take time before Bayelsa United got the leveller through Sobomabo West in the eighth minute and further two goals courtesy Olufemi Oladapo and Peter Ebimobowei in the 15th and 38th minutes to open a two goal cushion. The Flying Antelopes reduced the arrears in the 41st minute through Ighadalo Osagona to make the game a respectable 3-2 in favour of the home side.

At the start of the second half, the Restoration Boys increased the tally in the 61st minute through Ebitimi Agogo but Rangers scored another goal through Abubakar Umar in the 85th minute to make the game a tension soaked affair till the blast of the referee's whistle.

Bayelsa United have 14 points from eight matches while Rangers are on same 14 points from 11 fixtures.

NASARAWA UNITED 1-0 EL KANEMI WARRIORS

The Solid Miners improved to 18 points on the NPFL log after 11 games after a slim hope win over unlucky El Kanemi Warriors. The game was heading towards a goalless draw before Seun Sogbesan scored from the spot in the 85th minute and the Lafia side held on to the famous win.

They moved to third on the log behind Sharks and Akwa United while El Kanemi Warriors are still on 15 points from 11 matches.

KADUNA UNITED 1-0 DOLPHINS

New Crocodile Boys' head coach, Hassan Abubakar was all smiles against his former employers, Dolphins. Before the game played at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna, Abubakar has overseen four matches including State's Federation Cup games with only one win and a draw but he copped his first win at the helm against the Port Harcourt Dwellers.

The victory was lift Kaduna United to 11 points from same number of matches while Dolphins stayed put at 14 points from 11 games.

FC TARABA 1-0 ABIA WARRIORS

FC Taraba celebrated their victory in the state's Federation Cup final with another close win over Abia Warriors on Wednesday at the Jolly Nyame Stadium in Jalingo.

The club's successive away losses after the surprise home loss to Giwa FC had negative effect on the team and talk of crises were mooted at some time among the coaches. But all that was laid to rest with the home win over the Umuahia side.

The victory sends FC Taraba among the frontrunners for the league title with 15 points from 10 matches while the loss continued the Abia Warriors' downward trend since their home loss to Warri Wolves two weeks ago.

AKWA UNITED 2-0 WARRI WOLVES

Akwa United moved to second on the NPFL table after the Promise Keepers defeated Warri Wolves 2-0 at the Uyo Township Stadium in a Week 11 cracker to move up to 18 points from 11 games.

A brace from Ubong Ekpai in the 28th and 53rd minutes settled the game as a contest and helped to shut the lips of the Seasiders who started mind games ahead of the tie with security concerns.

It was the best response to the Promise Keepers' critics who labelled them as a flash in the pan after their drubbing at Enugu against Rangers in the last game.

Akwa United thus displaced Warri Wolves who were second on the log before the start of the tie. The Seasiders moved slightly down with their 17 points from 11 games garnered thus far.

HEARTLAND 1-0 GIWA FC

Heartland also recorded another win at Owerri's Dan Anyiam Stadium to claim their second home victory of the season when they pipped Giwa FC 1-0 yesterday.

Before their first home win against Enyimba in their last home fixture the Naze Millionaires had played four home games all ending in draws but they added another crucial maximum points at the expense of the Jos Elephant.

Bright Ejike stepped out to convert Heartland's first penalty kick of the season when the centre referee spotted a foul in the vital area of Giwa FC. The goal was scored in the 35th minute and it stayed that way until the centre referee signalled the end of the match.

Heartland now have 13 points from 11 matches and they have improved their unbeaten streak to seven matches both home and away while Giwa are still on 15 points from nine games after suffering only their second loss of the season in their first season in the top flight

LOBI STARS 1-1 SUNSHINE STARS

Sunshine and Lobi made the game played at the Emmanuel Akume Atongo Stadium at Katsina Ala a very exciting game to watch from the blast of the referee's whistle according to the information gathered by our correspondent and it was no surprise that the first goal of the match came from off the boot of premier league returnee,Dele Olorundare in the 10th minute. An unmarked Olorundare took his time before rifling home the opener to the disappointment of the home fans who had come from far and near to cheer Lobi to another home win.

The initial goal took no time at all for Lobi before the cancelled it and made honours even in the 24th minute of the match barely 14 minutes after Sunshine's goal. Former Sunshine's striker, Ukeyima Akombo made his inclusion count when he rose the highest to nod home the equaliser.

Lobi created chances upon chances but converting them became a problem. They however a more easier one from 12 yard when the match officials spotted an infringement in the Sunshine's vital area but still Lobi's captain, Bunde Moses couldn't make hay has he shot into the waiting hands of Ikechukwu Ezenwa about 10 minutes from full time.

Lobi have 16 points from 11 matches while Sunshine are on 14 points from 10 matches. They still have an outstanding match-a home tie against Giwa FC.

CROWN FC 1-1 KANO PILLARS

The Ajilete Boys' promised to have an improved performance starting with their home game against Kano Pillars was never kept after they allowed the Sai Masugida to gain a precious away point at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan in a match played on Wednesday evening.

The Ogbomosho based side had announced the acquisition of league veteran, Victor Ezeji and other two players and the sack of 10 players before the commencement of the game.

It proved counter productive as the team played another disappointing draw at home to improve their league's fortunes to 14 points from 11 matches. They are yet to either score or secure any point away from home this season. Kano Pillars on their part are experiencing a regeneration after their former boss, Mohammed Baba Ganaru left them for Nasarawa United at the start of the pre season. They are now on 11 points and are eight points adrift of league leaders, Sharks after 11 matches.

SHARKS 1-1 ENYIMBA

Enyimba of Aba gained valuable road points at Port Harcourt against league leaders, Sharks after a 1-1 draw. Andrew Abalogu got the much desired equaliser for the People's Elephant after the Blue Angels had got the curtain raiser earlier in the match.

Sharks are still on top with 19 points while Enyimba moved to 15 points. Both sides have played 11 and 10 matches in that order.

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