Glo Premier League: Pillars Retain Lead, Enyimba Down Sunshine

Either of the host teams involved in Wednesday’s Glo Premier League double headers secured victory, as Enyimba kept hopes of a league and cup double alive on Match Day 21.

Garden City clubs, Dolphins and Sharks FC beat Heartland and Bayelsa United, while the two Pyramid City hosts, Kano Pillars and El-Kanemi, claimed emphatic wins against Giwa FC and Warri Wolves.

Sharks 2-0 Bayelsa United

Former Enyimba and Kano Pillars boss Abdul Maikaba got off to a winning start with the ‘Blue Angels’. The Port-Harcourt-based team beat Bayelsa 2-0 at the Sharks Stadium.

The Glo Premier League Logo.
The Glo Premier League Logo.

Abraham Okereke headed home Yinka Adedeji’s free-kick on 36 minutes to place the hosts ahead.

Second-half substitute Salawu Ibrahim doubled Sharks’ lead with his first touch, as the hosts earn their first points in five league games, while the ‘Restoration Boys’ fell for the first time in three league matches.

Sharks moved up to 5th after the South-South derby win with 33 points.

Dolphins 1-0 Heartland

Ifeanyi Egwim’s match-winning strike in the 21st minute separated both teams at the Liberation Stadium.

Unfortunately, Egwim did not witness the end of the match after picking up an injury 16 minutes later and was replaced by Hope Fiberesima.

Dolphins sealed their first win in seven matches against the ‘Naze Millionaires’ and now sits fourth in the table with 33 points, while the visitors are down by 11 places with 27 points from a possible 61.

Pillars 3-1 Giwa

Fresh from losing their Federation Cup semi-final match to Enyimba, Giwa FC failed to replicate the same form which had guided them to fourth-place prior to Wednesday afternoon kick-off.

They, nonetheless, did manage to draw level from an early Adamu Hassan strike, through Shuaib Ibrahim’s solo effort, in front of a capacity crowd at the Kano Pillars Stadium.

‘Sai Masu Gida’ came up with the best response and Ezekiel Mba and Kabiru Umar got among the goals- the latter from the penalty spot after the striker was hacked down by Giwa goalkeeper Okere Timothy.

Reigning champions Pillars retained their top of the table berth with 37 points, but Giwa dropped to seventh.

Enyimba 2-0 Sunshine

The ‘Peoples Elephant’ moved up the league table to sixth, in the wake of last week’s success in clinching a second straight Cup final ticket.

Etor Daniel placed the six-time champions ahead in the 13th minute from an Ugwu Uwadiegwu cross before Markson Ojobo converted from the penalty spot after the ‘Akure Gunners’ Jude Ebitogwa handled in the goal area.

Enyimba climbed up to sixth on the log, five points adrift of leaders Pillars, while Sunshine, who had trailed the Aba side by a point before kick-off, are down in 11th position.

Kaduna 3-2 Abia

An Osas Idehen dying minute goal was too little too late to halt Kaduna United’s recovery battle out of the bottom four.

The hosts were a goal up at the interval, via Nura Suleiman’s first-half injury time effort.

Monday Panemeras restored Barnabas Saleh’s men’s lead, after the visitors had drew level from a dead-ball situation.

Warriors captain, Chima Ulaocha scored an own-goal in the closing stages as the high-flying new-comers were pegged back to third on the league table.

United are now ranked 17th on the league standings with 24 points after 21 games.

Glo Premier League Match Day 21 Results

El-Kanemi Warriors 2-0 Warri Wolves

Kano Pillars 3-1 Giwa FC

Crown FC 0-1 Lobi Stars

Sharks 2-0 Bayelsa United

Nembe City 2-1 Rangers

Kaduna United 3-2 Abia Warriors

Nasarawa United 2-0 FC Taraba

Gombe United 2-0 Akwa United

Dolphins 1-0 Heartland ‪

Enyimba 2-0 Sunshine Stars


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