Heartland edged Bayelsa United by a lone goal in a Glo Premier League Matchday 30 encounter at the Dan Anyiam Stadium on Sunday.
An Eddy Ongolo’s 61st minute strike relieved the coaches and supporters of the three-time Federation Cup winners and saw the 2011 champions release stronghold on the three-team catch-ups at the top of the Nigeria Professional Football League.
Heartland have now made a total 43 points from a possible 90 ahead of their midweek trip to Uyo where they will face Akwa United.
ABS 0 vs El Kanemi 0.
Maiduguri-based club, El-Kanemi, forced Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) boys to a goalless draw on Sunday at the Kwara State Stadium.
In a match that was played behind closed door due to the sanctions placed on the Ilorin club by the League Management Company (LMC), the visiting El Kanemi emerged the happier side as the solitary point has increased their point haul to a total of 48 from a possible 90.
Nasarawa United 2 vs. Kano Pillars 1.
Defending champions Kano Pillars lost away to a fired up Nasarawa United by a 2-1 margin on Sunday.
Former JUTH FC striker Malachi Ilo opened scoring for the home team in the 26th minute, before top striker Victor Namo extended the lead in the 55th minute via penalty against his former side.
Pillars’ Promise James reduced the deficit.
The win has helped struggling Nasarawa United climb out of the drop Zone with 39 points, while Pillars are still at the summit of the league with 51 points from 30 games.
Sharks 1 vs. Akwa United 1.
Shark and 2013 Federation Cup finalists Akwa United both shared the spoil in Port-Harcourt on Sunday.
Mfon Udoh scored a superb free-kick for the visitors 10 minutes from the half hour mark before Thompson Stowe leveled up for Sharks from a penalty, after youth international was impeded in the area, 5 minutes after the hour mark.
Enyimba 3 vs. Lobi Stars 0.
In the repeat of last month’s Federation Cup semi-final fixture, Enyimba thrashed Lobi Stars by a three-goal margin at the Aba Township Stadium on Sunday.
After a series of wasted opportunities from the home team due to the vibrancy of Melai Terkaa, in goal for Lobi Stars, Ifeanyi Edeh finally broke the deadlock on 74 minute.
Veteran striker Victor Ezeji made it 2-0 for the three-time CAF Champions 4 minutes before the dead of time and Edeh completed his brace at the nick of 90 minutes.
Kaduna United 2 vs. Kwara United 0.
Kaduna United beat Kwara United by a two-nil scoreline at the Kaduna Township Stadium.
Central defender Linus Adams scored the opening goal for the hosts in the 79tj minute, before Emeka Ekueme netted a penalty kick in the added time to seal maximum points for the Crocodiles.
Kaduna United now have a total of 44 points after the victory.
Sunshine Stars 2 vs. 3SC 1 (Abandoned.)
Mayhem ended the match between Sunshine Stars and 3SC at the Akure Township Stadium on Sunday as the home fans took to the pitch and attacked the match officials, 3SC cameraman as well as the Oyo State Sports Commissioner, Adedapo Lam-Adesina.
With the Akure Gunners leading by 2-1 at half-time, the proceeding turned awry as notorious fans halted the progress of another Glo Premier League game yet again.
The match commissioner of the encounter, Patrick Pascal told MTNFootball.com: “The game went well in the first-half, after the first-half, I saw an incident, where a man was wrestling with 3SC cameraman and that was settled.
“Gbolahan Salami had an issue with a ball boy and that was settled again. I then went into the team’s dressing room to call them out for the second-half, but 3SC said they won’t come out because Oyo State Sport Commissioner said he was attacked by the fans, I was not there to witness if that happened or not because I had gone to the officials’ dressing room.
Meanwhile, media officer of the Akure club has denied the report that Lam-Adesina or referees were attacked.
Glo Premier League Week 30 Results.
Sharks 1 Akwa 1
Nasarawa 2 Pillars 1
Heartland 1 Bayelsa 0
Rangers 1 Wikki 0
Enyimba 3 Lobi 0
Nembe 0 Dolphins 0
Wolves 1 Gombe 0
Kaduna 2 Kwara 0
ABS 0 El-Kanemi 0
Sunshine 2 3SC 1 (Abandoned)