League leaders, Plateau United continued their fine form with a 4-0 thrashing of Cup holders, Enyimba International on match-day 12 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
The first fixture of the new year saw a total of 28 goals scored with Dakkada FC and Adamawa United accounting for five of the goals in their clash in Uyo, a tally matched by the game between Nasarawa United and FC Ifeanyi Ubah.
The Match-day started on Saturday in Kano where visiting Akwa United made it four wins out of four for new manager Kennedy Boboye, with a 1-0 win against Jigawa Golden Stars thanks to a goal by Orok Akarandut.
On Sunday the rest of the games were played and in Jos, League champions Enyimba were blown away by a rampant Plateau United side 4-0. Uche Onwuasoanya gave the Jos side a 1-0 lead going into the half time leaving Enyimba with hopes of a way back in the second half.
However that wasn’t the case as former Enyimba striker Ibrahim Mustapha extended the lead for Plateau United, before a brace from Abba Umar completed the rout at the Jos Township Stadium.
Nasarawa United 3-2 Ifeanyi Ubah FC
Nasarawa United against FC Ifeanyi Ubah FC saw four penalty kicks awarded between both teams, but the hosts edged the five goal thriller 3-2 at the Lafia Stadium.
Abubakar Lawal opened scoring for the home team from the spot following a handball incident in the box, a lead which lasted till the half time break.
Esosa Igbinoba made it 2-0 for the Solid Miners with a tap-in few minutes before FC Ifeanyi Ubah were awarded a spot kick, which was converted by Jimoh Gbadamosi to bring scores to 2-1.
Lawal scored his second goal of the game from the spot to once again restore the two goal lead for the home team, but the lead didn’t last long when goalkeeper Danlami Umar fouled Samuel Kalu in the box leading to another penalty.
Gbadamosi converted for his second of the game from the spot and reduced the deficit to 3-2. A score that stayed same till the final whistle.
Heartland Owerri 2-1 Enugu Rangers
Heartland FC of Owerri came from a goal down to edge Enugu Rangers 2-1.
Traore Issif gave the visiting team the lead, but it was cancelled by a strike from Abiodun Thompson before substitute Sadiq Abubakar sealed the win with a goal five minutes from full time.
Other NPFL results
Wikki Tourist 1-1 Kastina United
Dakkada FC 4-1 Adamawa United
Kano Pillars 1-1 Warri Wolves
Kwara United 2-0 Abia Warriors
Lobi Stars 2-0 Sunshine Stars
Rivers United FC 2-0 MFM FC