Sunshine Stars 2-3 Nasarawa United: Akure Gunners surrender home invincibility

A commanding second half display from the visitors put the hosts' invincible home run to an end with Esosa Igbinoba netting a brace

Sunshine Stars suffered their first home defeat of the season after losing 1-0 to Nasarawa United at the Akure Township Stadium on Sunday evening.

A brace from Esosa Igbinoba inspired the Solid Miners to a shock victory that caused a massive set back to Kennedy Boboye’s men dreams of winning the Nigeria Professional Football League title.

Okiki Afolabi put the hosts ahead after 45 seconds as he headed home from close range after the visitors had failed to clear their backline after Prince Aggreh’s freekick.

It was almost double misery for Nasarawa United in the 15th minute as goalkeeper Danladi Umar  fumbled a Medrano strike and recovered sharply to thwart Adeniji.

Few minutes later, Adeniji failed to control his team-mate's low cross with his thigh but  Afolabi’s  missed clearance left  Aggreh with a far-post finish.

Medrano skewed a 29th-minute shot wide but two minutes later created a chance for Adigun who also blasted wide from the inside-right position.

The game was stopped temporarily 10 minutes later as fans of the home team hurled objects on the field of play in reaction to the their dissatisfaction with the club management.

The visitors responded in robust fashion in the 47th minute as a Thomas Zenke profited from a moment of carelessness from Sunshine Stars backline to beat goalkeeper Ezenwa. Soon, Umar stood firm to deny Aggreh when some dazzling footwork left the Solid Miners backline stranded.

In the 62nd minute, Nasarawa turned up the heat and got their second through Igbinoba after Adeniji had missed a penalty for the hosts following a rough challenge on hardworking Aggreh.

Afolabi completed his doubled three minutes later, but that was not enough for his team who got their juggernauts at home halted with Igbinoba’s second with 18 minutes left.