–Sunshine emerge mid-season Leaders
By Adeboye Amosu:
A 2-1 win against fierce rivals, Rangers, their first since 2007 helped six-time Glo Premier League Champions, Enyimba keep in competition with Sunshine Stars at the top rung of the log on Sunday.
Sunshine Stars claimed the honour of mid- season leaders courtesy of a hard fought 2-1 home win against basement side, Taraba United, but the Peoples Elephants will go into the break with a more sense of accomplishment after securing a well deserved victory against their Oriental rivals, Rangers.
Both sides cancelled each other out in the first half and it was no surprise the opening goal of the game came via a penalty.
Ranger’s Kalu Orji was adjudged to have handled the ball in the area by the centre referee in the 52 minute and Christain Obiozor calmly slotted the ball home for his sixth goal of the campaign.
The hosts however equalized through Godwin Aguda in the 78th minute via a penalty kick.
It was a ding dong affair afterwards as they both battled to score the decisive winning goal, and it was Andrew Abalogu who nodded home Ezekiel Bassey cross in the 82nd minute to give Enyimba a famous win against their Oriental neighbours.
At the Akure Township Stadium, Sunshine Stars came from a goal down to record a 2-1 win against Taraba United.
Stephen Ada put the visitors ahead in the 12th minute, but a brace from Tunde Adeniji helped the hosts maintain their hundred per cent record at home.
High Flying Wikki Tourists were blown apart by Heartland who handed Abdu Maikaba’s men a 4-0 defeat at the Rojenny Stadium, Oba.
Shooting Stars also earned a 2-1 win against El-kanemi Warriors in Ibadan.
The Oluyole Warlords nearly paid for their profligacy in front of goal when Ibrahim Mustapha finished off a sweet counter attacking move in the 62nd minute, to put the visitors in the lead, but Ajani Ibrahim and James Moses scored late on to help their side win the tie.
Lobi Stars and Kano Pillars served up a thriller in Makurdi, ending their encounter 3-3.
The Champions surrendered a two goal lead in the game with Anthony Okpotu who earlier missed a penalty scoring the equalizing goal in the 88 minute.
Kwara United recorded a 3-1 win against Giwa FC in ilorin who finished the game with 9-men following red cards to their top striker, Shuaibu Ibrahim and Amo Gyang.
In Warri, Warri Wolves ended Sharks two game unbeaten streak with a 2-1 win against the Blue Angels.
Akwa United also beat Bayelsa United 1-0, while Abia Warriors edged out Ifeanyi Ubah 1-0 in the day’s other Oriental derby.
ALL THE RESULTS
Lobi Stars 3 – 3 Kano Pillars
Heartland 4 – 0 Wikki
3SC 2 – 1 El-kanemi
Kwara 3 – 1 Giwa
Abia Warriors 1 – 0 Ifeanyi Ubah
Wolves 2 – 1 Sharks
Sunshine Stars 2 – 1 Taraba United
Rangers 1 – 2 Enyimba
Akwa United 1 – 0 Bayelsa United
Nasarawa Utd 1 – 0 Dolphins