Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) leaders Plateau United continued their unbeaten start to the season as they held Gombe United to a goalless draw in Gombe in one of five Matchday 4 games to end deadlocked on Wednesday.
The Tin City outfit are now two points clear of second-placed Rivers United who also remained unbeaten following a thoroughly earned goalless draw against FC Ifeanyiubah in Nnewi.
The biggest winners on Matchday Four were Lobi Stars of Makurdi who notched their second win in as many home games in a comprehensive 3-0 bashing of newly promoted ABS FC at the Aper Aku Stadium.
Striker Kingsley Eduwo’s first half goal put Lobi en route to victory before the former Sunshine Stars striker completed his brace on the dot of 90 minutes. There was still time however for Nwangwa Nyima to open his Lobi account in stoppage time.
In nearby Lafia, Nasarawa United thrashed another newly promoted side, Remo Stars by three goals to one. Abdulrahman Bashir scored first for the Solid Miners before Awoyemi Abiodun briefly restored parity for the visitors just after the hour mark. Douglas Achiv’s long-range strike restored Nasarawa’s lead before captain Emmanuel Makama sealed the win with a stoppage time penalty.
In Akure, Sikiru Alimi’s late goal from a rebound after his penalty was initially saved by Kano Pillars goalkeeper Danladi Isa was all Sunshine Stars required to edge out Pillars in a tight contest. Pillars’ former Sunshine Stars goalkeeper Isa had kept out a first half penalty by Peter Iyamu.
In Ibadan, Shooting Stars also required a last gasp penalty to avoid a home loss to MFM FC of Lagos in a South West derby. Sikiru Olatunbosun’s first half goal had put the Lagosians on the verge of their first away win since last season’s Matchday 1 but Adebayo Abayomi’s stoppage time penalty rescued the day for Shooting Stars, who are now winless in their last three games.
The Abia Derby between Abia Warriors and Enyimba ended goalless in Umuahia with Godwin Zaki and Ifeanyi Anaemena missing gilt-edged chances for both team respectively.
In Maiduguri, El-Kanemi Warriors left it late before stealing a lone goal victory over Katsina United. Substitute Sunday Anthony’s acrobatic finish in stoppage time ensured El-Kanemi win for the 15th time at home in a row since returning to Maiduguri last season.
In Lokoja, Niger Tornadoes secured their first win of the season at the fourth attempt. Winger Chidiebere Ajoku scored both goals as they ran out 2-0 winners over Wikki Tourists of Bauchi.
Akwa United however remained winless after four games as they were held to a goalless draw by reigning champions Enugu Rangers who have now secured two important points on the road after their opening day reversal against Abia Warriors.
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