NPFL Matchday 17: Nasarawa United thump MFM, Enyimba edge Enugu Rangers

The Solid Miners proved too strong for the Olukoya Boys while the People's Elephants pulled a famous comeback in the Oriental derby

Nasarawa United 4-0 MFM FC

Nasarawa United showed no mercy as they thrashed MFM FC 4-0 on Sunday. The win increased the Solid Miners' unbeaten run to five in the topflight.

Adamu Hassan scored the opener with a headed effort and Onaolapo Olayinka added a second after the hour.

Substitute Anthonin Oussou's got the third, his second goal of the season, before Abdulrahman Bashir's composed finish sealed the win for the Lafia-based outfit.

Plateau United 1-0 Wikki Tourists

Reuben Bala scored the only goal of the afternoon as Plateau United returned to the summit courtesy of a 1-0 victory over Wikki Tourists on home soil.

The opening 45 minutes was played at a frenetic pace at the Rwang Pam Stadium.

United began the second half with more courage and purpose, and were awarded a spot kick in the 54th minute, which Bala easily dispatched into the net.

Akwa United 4-2 Shooting Stars

Ibrahim Muazum Alhassan netted a hat-trick as Akwa United claimed a  4-2 win over Shooting Stars at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium.

Ubong Friday powered home the ball in the 11th minute from an exquisite free kick from Amaechi Orji.

Alhassan Ibrahim intercepted a sloppy pass from Suraj Sodiq, before rounding goalkeeper Adamu Abubakar and slotting to the net for the second goal of the six-goal thriller. 

The former Flying Eagles attacking midfielder then notched a wonderful individual goal. Muazum capped a sparkling Akwa United show nodding home Orji's tailor-made cross for his hat-trick.

Goals from Moses James and Taiwo Shittu proved to be consolation for the Oluyole Warriors.

Enyimba 2-1 Enugu Rangers

Enyimba snatched a late 2-1 win over Enugu Rangers to pile the pressure on coach Imama Amapakabo.

Etor Daniel gave the Flying Antelopes a deserved lead after seven minutes bending in a free kick. 

Rangers were punished when substitute Stephen Chukwude brought Enyimba back on level terms shortly after coming on in the second stanza.

Worse was to follow two minutes from time when Mfon Udoh danced past the defence, before side footing home from close range to earn Enyimba all three points and extend Rangers' winless run in the NPFL to five games.

El Kanemi Warriors 1-0 Kano Pillars

El Kanemi Warriors threw their hat into the title race with a hard-earned 1-0 win over Kano Pillars in Maiduguri.

The only goal of the intriguing Northern Derby was superb as Samuel Mathias chipped goalkeeper Yusuf Mohammed in the 53rd minute.

Mathias missed a fantastic chance to give his side a breather when through on goal, but it mattered less in the end as Pillars succumbed to their sixth defeat of the campaign.

FC Ifeanyi Ubah 2-1 Sunshine Stars

FC Ifeanyi Ubah fought back from a goal down to earn an impressive 2-1 win at home to Sunshine Stars in Nnewi.

Prince Aggreh should have put the Anambra Warriors on the ascendancy, but he failed to convert a 56th minute spot-kick.

Joseph Abbey's stunned the home side when his shot deflected into the net.

Godwin Obaje levelled matters from the penalty spot before Seka Pascal completed the comeback with a nice effort.

Abia Warriors 2-0 ABS FC

Abia Warriors recorded their seventh victory of the campaign  after beating stuttering ABS 2-0 at the Umuahia Township Stadium.

Sherif Bashir's tenacity allowed him to weave through freely to to pick out Sunday Adetunji, who rifled the ball past ABS keeper Suleman Dogo.

Adetunji increased the advantage from the penalty spot and both sides failed to find the net again before the end of the clash.

Niger Tornadoes 2-1 Lobi Stars

Niger Tornadoes boosted their title hopes by holding off the challenge of Lobi Stars with a 2-1 victory at the Confluence Stadium.

The Ikon Allah Boys played superbly from the off. They were solid in defence and hounded Lobi Stars relentlessly in all areas of the pitch, forcing their visitors on to the back foot.

A brace from Ibrahim Babawo put Tornadoes in firm control of the game, before Luther Iyorhe bagged a consolation for the visitors in the 89th minute.

Gombe United 1-0 Rivers United

Idris Bakare's first-half goal earned ten-man Gombe United a 1-0 win over Rivers United at the Pantami Stadium.

Bakare scored in the 26th minute and was alos sent off in the closing stages of the half.

Troubled Rivers United failed to make any meaningful impact in the top tier battle.

Remo Stars 1-0 Katsina United

Substitute Dufegha Eric became a hero for Remo Stars. With two minutes left in the tough battle with Katsina United, the Sky Blue Stars prevailed 1-0 at the Gateway Stadium.

The game started at a slow pace but the two teams soon settled down. Remo and Katsina missed begging chances in the tension soaked match.

With only two minutes left, Eric was there to restore hope for Remo with what turned out to be an important winner.