#NPFL Match Day 5: 18 goals in 10 games, Lagos Derby ends scoreless, Pillars win 5 goal thrill...
#NPFL Match Day 5: 18 goals in 10 games, Lagos Derby ends scoreless, Pillars win 5 goal thriller, Enyimba stunned and lots more!
Kano Pillars 3-2 Akwa United
Kano Pillars defeated out 10-man Akwa United 3-2 in a five-goal thriller in the Nigeria Professional Football League on Sunday
Micheal Ibe Okoro put the visitors ahead in the 10th minute after a mix-up in Kano Pillars’ defence.
The lead lasted only four minutes with captain Rabiu Ali equalising for the Sai Masu Gida.
Ali put his side ahead for the first time in the 26th minute, converting home Prince Aggreh’s inch perfect cross.
Akwa United went in search of an equaliser and were rewarded a minute before the break when Ubong Ekpai found the back of the net for his second goal of the season.
Ali got his hat-trick two minutes after the break to hand his side an important win.
Heartland 1-0 Lobi Stars
There was wild jubilation at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri as Heartland secured their first win of the season courtesy of a 1-0 victory against Lobi Stars.
Fortune Omoniwari scored the only goal that earned Heartland their first win of the five-week-old Nigeria league as they pipped Lobi Stars 1-0 on Sunday.
The Owerri club's winless run cost coach Berthel Orji his job with the veteran coach Alphonsus Dike back in the saddle.
Heartland now have five points from as many games, while Lobi have nine points from five matches.
Fortune Omoniwari grabbed the winner four minutes before the break, nodding home Onyebuchi Ajunwa’s cross.first by a Heartland player at home this season
Warri Wolves 1-0 Niger Tornadoes
Dele Ajiboye was the hero at the Warri City Stadium as Warri Wolves beat visiting Niger Tornadoes 1-0.
The Seasiders who scored an early goal through Achibi Emenike came close to conceding the equaliser in the game, but for the heroics of the former Nigeria junior international.
3SC 2-1 IfeanyiUbah
Shooting Stars also shook off the disappointment of their midweek defeat to FC IfeanyiUbah by securing a 2-1 win against Giwa FC at the Lekan Salami Stadium.
Izu Joseph scored the opener in the second minute, while Kabiru Umar added the second three minutes from time.
Veteran midfielder, Isiaka Olawale, grabbed the consolation goal for Giwa in added time.
Rivers United 1-0 Nassarawa United
At the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt, Ghanaian forward, Godbless Asamoah, scored in the 93rd minute to hand Rivers United a slim 1-0 win against Nasarawa United who are still without a win this season.
Sunshine Stars’ struggles continued as they played a 1-1 draw at home against FC IfeanyiUbah.
The Owena Waves were primed for another defeat when Okereke Maduabuchi put the visitors ahead in the 86th minute, but they rallied back and got the equaliser late in the game.
El-Kanemi 2-0 Enyimba
Champions Enyimba lost 2-0 against El-kanemi Warriors at the Karkanda Memorial Stadium, Katsina for their first win of the season.
Chinedu Ohanachom scored the opener in the 13th minute from a Isaac Hele Hele's assist. Ibrahim Mustapha then took the game away from Enyimba with the second goal in the 54th minute in a goalmouth scramble
Abia Warriors 1-1 Plateau
Abia Warriors maintained their unbeaten run as they secured an impressive 1-1 away draw against Plateau United.
There was drama late in the game when Abia Warriors captain Austin Obaroakpo was sent off deep in stoppage time for handling the ball inside the box.
John Gaadi however saved the resulting spot kick from Charles Okafor to ensure his side returned to Umuahia with a point.
Ikorodu 0-0 MFM FC
Ikorodu United and MFM FC battled to a goalless draw in the Lagos derby on Sunday at the Onikan Stadium.
MFM now have 10 points from five games, while Ikorodu United have five points.
Week 5 Results Sunday
Pillars 3-2 Akwa United
Plateau 1-1 Abia Warriors
Ikorodu 0-0 MFM
El Kanemi 2-0 Enyimba
Heartland 1-0 Lobi stars
Rivers Utd 1-0 Nasarawa
3SC 2-1 Giwa
Sunshine 1-1 IfeanyiUbah