NPFL Week 28 League Round Up: Wolves tear apart Dolphins in Warri

The Seasiders were at their best in their victory over the Port Harcourt Dwellers in one of the Wednesday's Week 28 matches that produced two away draws in Jalingo and Umuahia

BAYELSA UNITED 2-0 KANO PILLARS 

The Restoration Boys acted was a cog in the wheel of the Sai Masu Gida  after they slowed down their title winning aspiration.

Bayelsa United  bashed  Kano Pillars 2-0 at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin to move to 36 points and thus put their quest of retaining their premier league status at the end of the season alive.

Frank Egharevba whose hat trick sank Nembe City in their last home game got his side curtain raiser in the 15th   before the second goal through Oduokpe  Oghogho confirmed  Pillars seventh defeat of the season.

Pillars are still on top though with three point cushion over Nasarawa United after the Solid Miners lost 1-0 away to Gombe United. Pillars have 47 points from 28 games.

 

GOMBE UNITED 1-0 NASARAWA  

The Desert Scorpions continued to battle on in their aspiration to avoid the drop at the end of the season after they defeated the Lafia side by a lone goal converted through Suleiman Usman. Eye witness account reported that Gombe United dominated the game but were unlucky in front of goal.

 Club’s leading scorer, Adamu Mohammed reportedly missed many scoring chances before the solitary goal came courtesy Usman.

The win doubt will be a big relief to coach Austin Eguavoen who would be hoping that his wards keep on getting important results both home and away till the end of the season so that he could be able to justify the reason for his acquisition to come on a rescue mission. 

Gombe United have 35 points from 28 matches while Nasarawa United still kept their position as second on the log in spite of the loss with 44 points from 28 games thus far.

 

FC TARABA 2-2 SUNSHINE STARS

The newly promoted elite division side lost more footing on the league table on Wednesday after they were held to a 2-2 draw at home at the once fearsome Jolly Nyame Stadium in Jalingo.

The unpaid salary arrears of FC Taraba is really having its toll on the players as they have been unable to get a win since Week 23. Akure Gunners' Tunde Adeniji and Prince Aggrey got their side's away goals while the Jalingo Boys relied on a dying minute penalty to force a point off their visitors.

FC Taraba are in relegation zone now with 34 points from 28 games while Sunshine added a crucial away point to their collection. They now have 41 points from as many matches.

 

CROWN FC 1-0 EL KANEMI WARRIORS 

The Ajilete Boys do not want to go down without a fight after they secured maximum points at home to El Kanemi Warriors in Ibadan on Wednesday. Onyekachi Okafor’s strike was enough to hand precious three points to Crown FC who are yet to get an away win since the commencement of the 2013/2014 league season.

 The road loss was another setback to  coach Salisu Yusuf’s El Kanemi Warriors after their failure to step up the plate just like last season when they even rub shoulders with the best clubs in the land before ending the season as fourth best club. They have 39 points from 28 games but are not yet totally safe from the relegation battle.

 

SHARKS FC 3-0 KADUNA UNITED 

Just four days ago, Kaduna United spanked doomed Crown FC 5-0 in a one sided Week 27 league clash played at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium but the same Crocodile Boys were made to swallow their bitter-pill on Wednesday  at the Sharks Stadium, Port Harcourt after the Blue Angels gave them a reality check with a 3-0 thumping.

Sharks impressive victory over Kaduna United was the right way for the Blue Angels to tell their fans that they are far from a finished side and that the 2-0 loss to Nasarawa United never reflected the way the home team suffered throughout the match in Lafia. 

The Port Harcourt side have 41 points from 28 matches while Kaduna United must hope for a renaissance when they face Gombe United next on Sunday. The Crocodile Boys have 33 points from as many games at present.

 

ABIA WARRIORS 0-0 ENUGU RANGERS 

Despite playing a game that could secure victory anywhere, the Flying Antelopes have found it difficult getting enough points away from their fortress at Enugu but they however got a slice of what they deserved after they got their second away point of the season at Umuahia in a labored goalless draw.

Abia Warriors players had before the tie apologized to the management of the club for their 3-1 away loss to Sunshine Stars last Sunday and promised to get maximum points against Rangers which never happened at the end of the 90 minutes. 

The away point would boost Rangers’ chances of staying in the top division as they now have 38 points from 28 games. The home draw is definitely a setback for Abia Warriors who were poised for a continental slot had they won the match. They are however now on 41 points from as many matches and desperately needing an away win to put their continental prospect back alive. 

 

AKWA UNITED 2-0 GIWA FC 

 The Promise Keepers silenced the Jos Elephants 2-0 at the Uyo Township Stadium on Wednesday to move to 42 points from 28 matches.

Goals from Adio Yusuf and Utibe Archibong sent Giwa home empty handed as they now have 41 points from 28 matches.

 

HEARTLAND FC 2-0 NEMBE CITY 

The Naze Millionaires added to the misery of Nembe City at Owerri after quick fire goals from Emeka Ogbugh and Clement Bobby in the 44th and 47th minutes handed full points to the home team.

Nembe City, like Crown FC are almost certain of plying their trade in the lower league next season with a paltry 24 points from 27 games.

The victory is a big relief to Heartland who only last Sunday suffered a surprise 2-1 loss to El Kanemi Warriors in the league. They now have 40 points from 28 games. 

 

BAYELSA UNITED 2-0 KANO PILLARS 

The Restoration Boys acted was a cog in the wheel of the Sai Masu Gida  after they slowed down their title winning aspiration.

Bayelsa United  bashed  Kano Pillars 2-0 at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin to move to 36 points and thus put their quest of retaining their premier league status at the end of the season alive.

Frank Egharevba whose hat trick sank Nembe City in their last home game got his side curtain raiser in the 15th   before the second goal through Oduokpe  Oghogho confirmed  Pillars seventh defeat of the season.

Pillars are still on top though with three point cushion over Nasarawa United after the Solid Miners lost 1-0 away to Gombe United. Pillars have 47 points from 28 games.

 

GOMBE UNITED 1-0 NASARAWA  

The Desert Scorpions continued to battle on in their aspiration to avoid the drop at the end of the season after they defeated the Lafia side by a lone goal converted through Suleiman Usman. Eye witness account reported that Gombe United dominated the game but were unlucky in front of goal.

 Club’s leading scorer, Adamu Mohammed reportedly missed many scoring chances before the solitary goal came courtesy Usman.

The win doubt will be a big relief to coach Austin Eguavoen who would be hoping that his wards keep on getting important results both home and away till the end of the season so that he could be able to justify the reason for his acquisition to come on a rescue mission. 

Gombe United have 35 points from 28 matches while Nasarawa United still kept their position as second on the log in spite of the loss with 44 points from 28 games thus far.

 

FC TARABA 2-2 SUNSHINE STARS

The newly promoted elite division side lost more footing on the league table on Wednesday after they were held to a 2-2 draw at home at the once fearsome Jolly Nyame Stadium in Jalingo.

The unpaid salary arrears of FC Taraba is really having its toll on the players as they have been unable to get a win since Week 23. Akure Gunners' Tunde Adeniji and Prince Aggrey got their side's away goals while the Jalingo Boys relied on a dying minute penalty to force a point off their visitors.

FC Taraba are in relegation zone now with 34 points from 28 games while Sunshine added a crucial away point to their collection. They now have 41 points from as many matches.

 

CROWN FC 1-0 EL KANEMI WARRIORS 

The Ajilete Boys do not want to go down without a fight after they secured maximum points at home to El Kanemi Warriors in Ibadan on Wednesday. Onyekachi Okafor’s strike was enough to hand precious three points to Crown FC who are yet to get an away win since the commencement of the 2013/2014 league season.

 The road loss was another setback to  coach Salisu Yusuf’s El Kanemi Warriors after their failure to step up the plate just like last season when they even rub shoulders with the best clubs in the land before ending the season as fourth best club. They have 39 points from 28 games but are not yet totally safe from the relegation battle.

 

SHARKS FC 3-0 KADUNA UNITED 

Just four days ago, Kaduna United spanked doomed Crown FC 5-0 in a one sided Week 27 league clash played at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium but the same Crocodile Boys were made to swallow their bitter-pill on Wednesday  at the Sharks Stadium, Port Harcourt after the Blue Angels gave them a reality check with a 3-0 thumping.

Sharks impressive victory over Kaduna United was the right way for the Blue Angels to tell their fans that they are far from a finished side and that the 2-0 loss to Nasarawa United never reflected the way the home team suffered throughout the match in Lafia. 

The Port Harcourt side have 41 points from 28 matches while Kaduna United must hope for a renaissance when they face Gombe United next on Sunday. The Crocodile Boys have 33 points from as many games at present.

 

ABIA WARRIORS 0-0 ENUGU RANGERS 

Despite playing a game that could secure victory anywhere, the Flying Antelopes have found it difficult getting enough points away from their fortress at Enugu but they however got a slice of what they deserved after they got their second away point of the season at Umuahia in a labored goalless draw.

Abia Warriors players had before the tie apologized to the management of the club for their 3-1 away loss to Sunshine Stars last Sunday and promised to get maximum points against Rangers which never happened at the end of the 90 minutes. 

The away point would boost Rangers’ chances of staying in the top division as they now have 38 points from 28 games. The home draw is definitely a setback for Abia Warriors who were poised for a continental slot had they won the match. They are however now on 41 points from as many matches and desperately needing an away win to put their continental prospect back alive. 

 

AKWA UNITED 2-0 GIWA FC 

 The Promise Keepers silenced the Jos Elephants 2-0 at the Uyo Township Stadium on Wednesday to move to 42 points from 28 matches.

Goals from Adio Yusuf and Utibe Archibong sent Giwa home empty handed as they now have 41 points from 28 matches.

 

HEARTLAND FC 2-0 NEMBE CITY 

The Naze Millionaires added to the misery of Nembe City at Owerri after quick fire goals from Emeka Ogbugh and Clement Bobby in the 44th and 47th minutes handed full points to the home team.

Nembe City, like Crown FC are almost certain of plying their trade in the lower league next season with a paltry 24 points from 27 games.

The victory is a big relief to Heartland who only last Sunday suffered a surprise 2-1 loss to El Kanemi Warriors in the league. They now have 40 points from 28 games. 

 

LOBI STARS 1-0 ENYIMBA FC

The Peoples Elephant couldn’t build on their 4-0 whiplash of Bayelsa United in their premier league tie against Lobi Stars at Katsina Ala on Wednesday after they lost by a lone goal through a penalty kick converted  by Terkaa Melai in the 65th minute. It was the goalkeeper’s sixth goal of the season all from the penalty spot. 

Before the goal by Melai, Lobi had an initial spot kick but was spurned by Bunde Moses in the 49th minute. The Makurdi Bombers may go as far as third on the log if their botched Week 27 encounter is ruled in their favour. Lobi presently have 41 points from 27 games with the disputed tie against Nembe City yet to be finalized.

  

WARRI WOLVES 3-1 DOLPHINS

The Seasiders showed champions stuff at the revered Warri Township Stadium on Wednesday after they played arguably their best match of the season to beat Dolphins 3-1 in a league match. 

Gbolahan Salami distinguished himself for Warri Wolves as he found the back of the net twice in the 28th minute through penalty before he netted the third of the match in the 75th minute. Ike Thankgod had scored the Seasiders’ second before Salami’s insurance goal.  Though Dolphins reduced the goals tally to 2-1 at a time through Emem Eduok in the 68th minute, it later turned out to be a consolation goal.

Warri Wolves jumped to 43 points to place fourth after 28 matches while Dolphins are losing more grounds with only 42 points from as many games thus far.

 

LOBI STARS 1-0 ENYIMBA FC

The Peoples Elephant couldn’t build on their 4-0 whiplash of Bayelsa United in their premier league tie against Lobi Stars at Katsina Ala on Wednesday after they lost by a lone goal through a penalty kick converted  by Terkaa Melai in the 65th minute. It was the goalkeeper’s sixth goal of the season all from the penalty spot. 

Before the goal by Melai, Lobi had an initial spot kick but was spurned by Bunde Moses in the 49th minute. The Makurdi Bombers may go as far as third on the log if their botched Week 27 encounter is ruled in their favour. Lobi presently have 41 points from 27 games with the disputed tie against Nembe City yet to be finalized.

  

WARRI WOLVES 3-1 DOLPHINS

The Seasiders showed champions stuff at the revered Warri Township Stadium on Wednesday after they played arguably their best match of the season to beat Dolphins 3-1 in a league match. 

Gbolahan Salami distinguished himself for Warri Wolves as he found the back of the net twice in the 28th minute through penalty before he netted the third of the match in the 75th minute. Ike Thankgod had scored the Seasiders’ second before Salami’s insurance goal.  Though Dolphins reduced the goals tally to 2-1 at a time through Emem Eduok in the 68th minute, it later turned out to be a consolation goal.

Warri Wolves jumped to 43 points to place fourth after 28 matches while Dolphins are losing more grounds with only 42 points from as many games thus far.