NPFL Week 34 games: Rangers Go Top, as 3SC fall short in Jos
3SC of Ibadan continue to struggle for consistency in their bid to avoid relegation from the Nigerian Professional Football League, losing to 0-1 to Zachary Baraje’s Plateau United who inched closer to escaping relegation at the Rwang Pam Stadium, Jos.
Waheed Omololu was sent off for the Oluyole Warriors and Kelechi John was sent off for the Peace Boys as both teams ended the game with ten men each in a match that threatened to degenerate into a bad tempered affair, but offered little in terms of chances created .
Benjamin Turba managed to break the deadlock with an 82nd minute penalty kick to take the Peace Boys’ points tally to 45 after 32 games played.
The Ibadan based side still have cause to worry about their progress in the league. The team struggling in 14th place with only 41 points from 32 matches, two ahead of 15th placed Warri Wolves and just 4 points above the drop zone.
In other NPFL Week 34 games played over the weekend, the top of the table clash between Enugu Rangers and Rivers United ended 4-0 in favour of the Flying Antelopes as Rangers player Tope Olusesi had a mixed day
The outstanding Olusesi put ‘The Flying Antelopes’ ahead after 40 minutes, before he turned provider to set up Godwin Aguda for a second goal after 47 minutes. however he went from hero to villain when he got himself sent off for a head butt in the 62nd minute, as a result of which he may miss up to three games
Olusesi’s sending off did not affect the Enugu side at all as Christian Madu made it 3-0 after 82 minutes with a superb volley. Obinna Nwobodo completed the rout with a diving header for the fourth goal on 84 minutes.
Lobi Stars climbed to fourth place on the table with 49 points courtesy of a 1-0 win over champions Enyimba in Makurdi.
The match winner for Lobi Stars was Barnabas Imenger Junior with an assist by midfielder Sunday Akleche after just three minutes.
The biggest shock of the weekend of the came in Owerri where bottom club Ikorodu United stunned home side Heartland. The Lagos based club secured a 1-0 victory courtesy of a stunning 30 yard strike from Fatai Abdullahi
Kano Pillars improved their standing on the table with a 1-0 win over Sunshine Stars as they moved from ninth to fifth on 48 points. Giwa FC loanee Amos Gyang was the match winner for Pillars.
Warri Wolves stopped the recent march of Nasarawa United with a hard-fought 1-0 home win and Shooting Stars fell 1-0 at hosts Plateau United, who had Kelechi John sent off late on.
Akwa United pipped relegation-threatened MFM FC 3-1 thanks to a Hassan Babangida brace.
The match between Abia Warriors and FC IfeanyiUbah will be played on Wednesday after it was rescheduled over match venue issues.