Port Harcourt derby turns bore-fest

Goal mouth action in the game between
Sharks and Dolphins
                                                                                        The much talked about and hyped derby game in Port Harcourt between Sharks and Dolphins failed to live up to its billing ending in a drab 1-0 win for Sharks.
Before the game there were rumours of a purported sell out as both clubs are owned and run by the Rivers State government though these rumours were denied by both camps.

In the game proper, Dolphins seemed the more attacking side and had more of the possession but failed to score in the first half as Owusu Addae, Chidi Osuchukwu and Emma Nwachi just were not able to score in spite of being the better side.

But midway in the second half, Victor Ezeji found space in the Dolphins defence when a Kola Anubi through pass freed him and put the ball behind Sunday Rotimi in goal for Dolphins.

After this goal in the 65th minute both side refused to play any meaningful football and were just content knocking the ball around arousing suspicions that the game had been rigged, a charge Dolphins manager, Stanley Eguma strongly denied when he spoke with naijafootball247.com.

“You saw the game. My boys did their all to score in the first half but were just unlucky and maybe that was why they fizzled out late in the game.

“I am not happy with their play in the second half because they just did not play anymore but that is football you cannot win all the time,” Eguma said.

Sharks media officer, Confidence Idaa also added that the better side won.

“I believe Sharks did all they could to win and after they got that goal they felt they should protect the lead. We have not beaten Dolphins in seven years so you wouldn’t blame us for being cautious especially after the goal.

“But to tell me that this game was rigged is not just a lie, it is criminal,” Idaa told naijafootball247.com.

Shooting take over

That loss, Dolphins first in the three week old League ensured they lost their top spot on the log.

Shooting Stars were the biggest beneficiaries of that loss as they took out Bukola Babes winning 2-0 at the Liberty Stadium in Ibadan thus moving to number one on the log

Raheem Owolabi scored after 30 minutes while Chima Akas made it two on 83 minutes

Head coach of Shooting Stars, Fatai Amoo, said though his side won, he is not carried away, as he still feels that the players are still far from a finished product.

“I am happy with the win but we are still not that complete team yet. If Bukola Babes were really experienced enough I am sure that we would have been punished during the game when we did not take advantage after leading,” he told SuperSport.com.

In Bauchi, MacMarcel Obioha scored on the dot of full time to give Gombe United a 1-0 win over Lobi Stars.

Plateau lose again

Nduka Ndubuisi would wish he never left Dolphins as he had not had it easy since taking over at Plateau United.

Plateau United's Ndubuisi Nduka
 After an opening day home loss to his former side, Dolphins, he managed a draw at Ocean Boys before losing at home again to Sunshine Stars.

Ukeyima Akombo scored two minutes into added time to put the pressure on Nduka and Plateau United.

JUTH drew their third match in three against Niger Tornadoes in Minna.

It was JUTH’s goalkeeper, Fidelis Eze who ensured his side left with a point as he was at the top of his game.

At Offa a controversial penalty converted by Isiaka Olawale in the 95th minute gave Kwara United a 1-0 win over Kano Pillars.

Rangers in goalscoring form

Rangers International of Enugu were involved in the highest scoring game of the League so far as they thrashed Ocean Boys 5-2 in Enugu on Sunday.

Uche Nwofor and Fred Okwara each got braces while Ejike Uzoenyi, got one of the goals.

Chigozie Christopher and Charles Omokaro scored for Ocean Boys.

Rangers coach, Alphonsus Dike was happy with the outcome of the result but believes that his side got carried away and conceding two goals.

“We did well by winning with this big score line. But we still need to keep things tight in our defence because we don’t need to concede too many goals this season if we want to win something,” he told SuperSport.com.

All the results

Enyimba 1 - 0 Zamfara United

Warri Wolves 2 - 2 Heartland FC

Kaduna United 2 - 1 Crown FC

Rangers International 5 - 2 Ocean Boys

Plateau United 0 - 1 Sunshine Stars

Shooting Stars 2 - 0 Bukola Babes

Kwara United 1 - 0 Kano Pillars

Niger Tornadoes 0 - 0 JUTH FC

Sharks 1 - 0 Dolphins FC

Gombe United 1 - 0 Lobi Stars

Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts

Shooting Stars 3 2 1 0 6 3 3 7

Gombe United 3 2 1 0 4 1 3 7

Rangers International 3 2 0 1 8 5 3 6

Sunshine Stars 3 2 0 1 4 3 1 6

Enyimba 3 2 0 1 3 2 1 6

Dolphins FC 3 2 0 1 2 1 1 6

Kaduna United 3 1 2 0 4 3 1 5

Warri Wolves 3 1 2 0 4 3 1 5

Sharks 3 1 2 0 3 2 1 5

Kano Pillars 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4

Kwara United 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4

Niger Tornadoes 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4

Heartland FC 3 1 1 1 4 5 -1 4

JUTH FC 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 3

Zamfara United 3 0 2 1 2 3 -1 2

Lobi Stars 3 0 1 2 3 5 -2 1

Crown FC 3 0 1 2 2 4 -2 1

Plateau United 3 0 1 2 1 3 -2 1

Bukola Babes 3 0 1 2 0 3 -3 1

Ocean Boys 3 0 1 2 3 7 -4 1
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