—Sunshine, Heartland draw; 3SC Falter In Warri
By Adeboye Amosu:
Enyimba extended their unbeaten streak to 10 games and also secured their biggest win of the season following a comfortable 4-0 home win against Oriental rivals FC IfeanyiUbah, coached by former Super Eagles forward and coach Daniel Amokachi, on Wednesday.
On a day their closest challengers for the title, Sunshine Stars, lost their hundred percent home record after they were held to a barren draw by Heartland, the Peoples Elephant were in devastating form despite the absence of their top scorer, Christian Obiozor.
Peter Onyekachi scored the curtain raiser in the 19th minute, while Andrew Abalogu doubled the lead in the 28th minute.
The visitors battled hard to reduce the deficit afterwards, but conceded again in the 81st minute after Ezekiel Bassey dribbled past three defenders before slotting the ball home for his side’s third goal of the encounter.
Four minutes later, Razak Aliyu rifled a long range shot into the net to make it four for the guests.
Sunshine Stars lost further ground on the leaders after failing to breach a resolute Heartland’s defence at the Akure Township Stadium.
The Owena Waves who defeated the Naze Millionaires 3-0 in the reverse fixture in Owerri earlier in the season are now four points behind Enyimba.
Sunshine travel to Ibadan on Sunday where they will confront 3SC needing to get a positive result to boost their title hopes.
Shooting Stars’ visit to the Warri City Stadium ended in disaster as they were totally pulverized 4-0 by Warri Wolves.
The home side suffered a setback early in the game when their top hitman, Gbolahan Salami, suffered an injury and limped off the pitch in the 17th minute.
With both sides failing to register a goal in the first half, Micheal Egbeta opened the floodgates in the 48th minute courtesy of deflected free-kick.
A Sikiru Alimi double and a further strike by Kufre Ebong made victory certain for the hosts.
Rangers also enjoyed a comfortable home win against Wikki Tourists with Godwin Aguda’s 31st minute strike and another goal by Odah Onoriode ensuring a 2-0 victory against Wliiki Tourists at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium.
At the Aper Aku Stadium, Tony Okpotu’s 10th goal of the season helped Lobi Stars earned a 1-0 win against relegation threatened Dolphins.
Taraba United boosted their survival hopes courtesy of a well deserved 2-0 win against fellow relegation battlers, Sharks.
At the Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Akwa United rallied from a goal down to earn a share of the spoils against El-Kanemi Warriors.
Agali Emmanuel put the visitors ahead in the sixth minute, but Ukeme Davies restored parity for his side 10 minutes from time.
Champions Kano Pillars looked far from convincing in their home tie against Kwara United but still beat the visitors to end their three game losing streak.
Bayelsa’s winless streak extended to 11 games as they could only manage a 1-1 draw against Giwa FC in Oghara.
The Restoration Boys missed a penalty in the 90th minute to seal victory.
Abia Warriors beat Nasarawa United 1-0 in the last game of the day.
Warri Wolves 4 v 0 3SC
Enyimba 4 v 0 Ifeanyi Ubah
Taraba 2 v 0 Sharks
Rangers 2 v 0 Wikki Tourist
Bayelsa Utd 1 v 1 Giwa FC
Abia Warriors 1 v 0 Nasarawa United
Akwa United 1 v 1 El-kanemi Warriors
Lobi Stars 1 v 0 Dolphins
Sunshine 0 v 0 Heartland
Kano Pillars 1 v 0 Kwara United