Sunshine Stars rebounded to the summit of the Glo Premier League standings following their 3-1 win against Akwa United in Akure on Match Day 15.
Saibou Badarou goal four minutes from full-time helped Heartland FC inflict a second straight defeat on FC IfeanyiUbah, leapfrogging the Nnewi-based outfit and Giwa FC to fifth place on the log.
Enyimba are up to second place after their 2-3 victory away to Kwara United; tied on 29 points with leaders Sunshine Stars but trail by an inferior goal difference.
Shooting Stars burst Sharks FC’s bubble to climb up three places to 13th with coach Gbenga Ogungbote inflicting double jeopardy on his former side.
Glo Premier League Match Day 15 Results
El-Kanemi Warriors 1-0 Dolphins
The Port-Harcourt based team impressed on Week 14 with their late fightback at champions Kano Pillars, but could not avoid their 6th defeat so far at the Warriors’ adopted Karkanda stadium home.
Suleman Dorri struck the killer blow from a direct free-kick eight minutes after the half-hour mark to consign Dolphins to bottom three.
The one-time (2005) Caf Confederation Cup finalists have only won twice this season, while their hard-fourth draw at the Sani Abacha stadium at the weekend was their seventh in as many matches.
Wikki Tourists 1-1 Giwa FC
Wikki Tourists were coasting to victory until Ibrahim Shuaibu’s goal for Giwa on 70 minutes left both sides on equal footing.
The Bauchi state side were left ruing the implication of the strike which effected changes at the top of the standings, as the coach Abdul Maikaba-tutored lad dropped to third.
Mustapha Ibrahim however provided the home fans with a screamer of a goal to cheer, when he opened scoring in the 55th minute from an Ahmed Mohammed assist.
Giwa, who once occupied the top of the table this season, now have 25 points in fourth position.
Heartland 1-0 FC Ifeanyiubah
The news broke out that IfeanyiUbah have appointed former Flying Eagles coach John Obuh to replace Bulgarian Mitko Dobrev during the week, but did little to stave off consecutive 1-0 defeat for the Nigeria Professional Football League newcomers.
Badarou converted from fellow strike partner Julius Ubido’s free-kick to decide the South-Eastern derby in favour of the Dan Anyiam Stadium hosts.
Heartland have now managed 24 points from a possible 45 and sit pretty comfortable in fifth position. IfeanyiUbah are down to sixth.
Shooting Stars 1-0 Sharks
Facing his former employers for the first time since joining 3SC, Oluyole Warriors are indeed safe in Ogungbote’s hands having emerged second biggest movers in the league table after Match Day 15.
The home team were 1-0 up few minutes to the break and held on to move far off the league strugglers.
Nasarawa United 2-0 FC Taraba
Goals from Aminu Kadir and Ishaya Anyu helped hosts Nasarawa United return to winning ways against battling FC Taraba on Wednesday.
The Solid Miners have now notched up 21 points after 15 rounds of matches and face a trip to Sharks on Match Day 16.
FC Taraba are second from the rear with 12 points from a possible 45.
Kwara United 2-3 Enyimba
You must be feeling at the top of your game at the moment if you are a certain coach Kadiri Ikhana, who has yet to watch his team lose in eight successive matches.
The six-time champions were 2-1 up at the break courtesy of Ifeanyi George’s opener and Christian Obiozor’s strike.
Olufemi Oladapo pulled one back for the Afonja Warriors before the break but every hopes of a fightback were discarded by Markson Ojobo from the penalty spot on 77 minutes.
Dare Ojo reduced Kwara’s arrears in injury-time but it was too little too late to rescue the host from their seventh defeat of the season.
George’s goal was the second time he would put the Aba-based outfit in ascendancy, following his goal against Nasarawa United on Sunday. Striker Obiozor has now scored three times in four matches.
Abia Warriors 3-1 Bayelsa United
Abia Warriors defeated Bayelsa United to move up tenth in the table.
The Umuahia-based outfit ran riot on their visitors in the opening half-hour after Mohammed Garba’s seventh-minute strike was disallowed by the linesman for an offside.
Bolaji Sakin opened scoring 4 minutes later, Ifeanyi Onyeali doubled the lead in the 18th minute- both goals provided by Ndifreke Effiong, who turned scorer on 26 minutes from Osita Egbo’s assist this time.
Eric Frimpong grabbed a consolation for the Restoration Boys in the 75th minute. Bayelsa now have 14 points and are 17th on the log.
Warri Wolves 1-0 Lobi Stars
Onyeakachi Okafor grabbed his first goal for Warri Wolves in their victory over Lobi Stars on Wednesday.
Wolves are 12th in the table with 20 points, while Lobi have 16 points on 14th spot.
Sunshine Stars 3-1 Akwa United
Sunshine Stars are back on the top of the standings after their victory at home to Akwa United.
Dayo Ojo and Prince Aggrey were among the goals for the coach Kenedy Boboye side who claimed their ninth win of the season in front of a joyous home crowd at the Akure Township stadium.
Free-kick specialist Namso Edo grabbed Akwa consolation. Akwa are 16th in the table with 15 points.
Rangers 2-1 Kano Pillars
Rangers provided the most resilient performance of the day with a comeback win over champions Kano Pillars.
Godspower Anefiok opened scoring for Pillars in the tenth minute, but Godwin Aguda equalised for the hosts in the 27th minute.
Bobby Clement pulled Rangers ahead three minutes after the half-hour mark to help seal victory for the day.
Rangers are up to seventh in the table as Pillars dropped down to ninth.