…Pillars shoot down Crown to maintain league top spot
…Sunshine blow off Lobi in battle of Akure
Glo Premier League players may have responded to the Wonder Goal Awards stimuli as they went rampant on Match Day
31 with a total of 29 goals in nine matches with one fixture between Nembe City and Gombe United held up by heavy
rains forcing a shift to next day.
Two own goals also marked the day that started with El-Kanemi Warriors in an early kick-off throwing spanners in
the works for continental ticket chasing Nasarawa United in a four goals thriller that saw the home side netting
three and conceding one. Nasarawa were equally undone by a Seun Sogbeso own goal, the first of the two own goals
recorded in the day’s fixtures with Enyimba captain Chinedu Udoji providing the second in Aba when he gifted Sharks
It is the results from the top of the table teams that provided the talking points of the day with Enyimba storming
back from a two goals deficit to pound Sharks 5-2 on a day their player, Rasheed Olabiyi was presented his Wonder
Goal Award prize at half time. Businessman, Ide Ifeanyi Okechukwu had handed the award to the player at half time
with scores at 2-1. Mfon Udoh restored parity on 50th minute from the penalty spot and would add another on 78
minute after Old War Horse, Emeka Nwanna had increased Enyimba’s lead on 62nd minute and completed his own brace on
88 to dust the Blue Angels.
Relegation haunted Crown FC were going to endanger champions, Kano Pillars dominance on the log when they responded
twice to reduce tallies and looking to even scores. Pillars opened scoring Isaac Loute on 14th minute and Adamu
Hassan increased the lead 30 minutes after leaving scores at interval at 2-0. But a more determined Crown returned
to reduce the deficit through Onyekachi Okafor who connected beautifully with a header to score from Ike
Chukwujekwu’s cross on three minutes after restart. Azeez Shobowale will scramble in off a goalmouth melee to
restore the two goals lead but Nnedum Francis responded frantically to mount pressure on the hosts who eventually
preserved scores at 3-2 to extend their lead on the log.
In Akure, Sunshine Stars dismissed Lobi Stars 3-0 starting with a first minute goal by Dele Olorundare. Tunde
Adeniji doubled the lead on 34th minute while Prince Aggrey wrapped it up two minutes into the second half.
Victor Alegbe joined the gang of brace scorers on the day with his clinical finishes against Kaduna United in Port
Harcourt. Alegbe scored 8 minutes into the game and completed the brace on 59 minutes.
In Enugu, Samuel Agba also netted a brace in the clash with Bayelsa United which ended 2-1. Agba scored on off an
assist by Wonder Goal award winner, Emeka Eze after 18 minutes and completed his brace in added time of the first
half. Mutiu Adegoke pulled one back for Bayelsa executing a tricky curl from a freekick.
In Umuahia, Abia Warriors put a foot through the top four team’s door with a 2-0 defeat of FC Taraba and it was
home boy, the famous Kolanut Boy, Chisom Chikatara who started it all on 23 minutes of play while new found free
kick maestro, Ndifreke Effiong hit another on 82 minute to finish off the visitors.
In Warri, Akwa United goalkeeper gifted Freedom Omofoman the first of their two goals on 23rd minute and Joseph
Osadiaye completed the performance two minutes from interval. Giwa FC scored through Usman Nura to defeat Heartland
1-0 in the only low scoring fixture.
Glo League week 31 Results:
Enyimba 5-2 Sharks
El-Kanemi 3-1 Nasarawa
Pillars 3-2 Crown
Sunshine 3-0 Lobi Stars
Rangers 2-1 Bayelsa United
Warri Wolves 2-0 Akwa United
Abia Warriors 2-0 FC Taraba
Dolphins 2-0 Kaduna United
Giwa 1-0 Heartland