Nigeria League wrap

Dolphins FC maintained their hold at the top of the Nigeria Premier League with a 1-1 draw at Shooting Stars on Sunday but it was Kwara United who won 2-0 away to Gombe United.

In Abeokuta, Tope Orelope’s (Pictured left) 37th minute strike from 35 yards beat Udoo Ochiogu in goal for Dolphins and Shooting should have increased the tally three minutes later when the trio of Uche Oguchi, Emah Godwin and Festus Austin in Dolphins central got confused paving way for Raheem Owolabi to go clear on goal but he failed to score.

In the second half Dolphins worked their way back in the game and in the 62nd minute the second of two successive corner kicks taken by Kennedy Chinwo found the head of Derrick Amadi who nodded past Okalanwon Olaide in goal for Shooting Stars.

It was Amadi’s third goal in the last three games for the club.

Fatai Amoo told after the game that his players failed to take their chances late in the first half which gave Dolphins the impetus to come back into the game.

“When they survived our onslaught late in the first half, they came back into the game in the second and capped it up with that equaliser.

“It was a great match. I’m a bit disappointed but it is football and we have to look to other games ahead,” Amoo said.

Dolphins manager, Stanley Eguma told that it was a difficult match and they will not celebrate the draw longer than necessary.

“It was a difficult game for us and we can only be happy for the point on the road but we cannot relent because we know other teams are chasing us. We must continue to try harder until such a time that we are champions but for now we can only say we are happy with the point,” Eguma said.

Dolphins now have 37 points from 17 matches and are 5 points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

At the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano, Rabiu Ali’s first half penalty gave Kano Pillars a 1-0 win over 3rd placed Warri Wolves while Barnabas Imenger scored in the 51st minute and Kabiru Sanusi in the 65th to give Kwara United a 2-0 win at Gombe United.

In Minna, Niger Tornadoes were forced to a 0-0 draw by Kaduna United.

Meanwhile the Jos derby ended 1-0 in favour of Plateau United but not without protests from JUTH FC, their opponents on Saturday.

JUTH claim Eze Nwobike’s effort did not cross the line but the referee ruled it as a goal.

Media officer of JUTH, Olusola Alao told that it was a good game but the referee handed victory to their opponents on a platter of gold.

“It was a good and interesting game living up to its billing before referee Alaba from Ogun State decided to mar the game and give victory to Plateau United on a platter of gold when the ball neither hit the net nor crossed the line,” he said.

“Our goalkeeper, Eze Fidelis, went up to save a header, he parried it down and it hit the bar and Eze Nwabike followed the rebound towards goal and Uche Martins, who was in front of the goal line behind the goalkeeper, blocked the ball only for the referee to record it as a goal.”

There was a 7 goal thriller in Port Harcourt as Sharks beat Crown 4-3 at the Sharks FC Stadium on Saturday.

Bukola Babes host Ocean Boys in Bauchi on Monday, while the match between Zamfara and second-placed Sunshine Stars has been put off indefinitely after the Gusau club were attacked by robbers on their way to Kano.

Also put off till a further date was the derby between Enugu Rangers and Heartland in Enugu.
The match between champions Enyimba and Lobi Stars in Aba will now be played on Wednesday as the match venue staged a political rally at the weekend.
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