Huge reprieve came the way of struggling Lobi Stars yesterday after they survived Plateau United’s scare to win 3-2 within the 2021 NPFL week 15 fixture played on the Aper Aku stadium.
The victory is coming few days after abysmal performances compelled the vice-chairman of the membership, Mike Idoko to leave the Makurdi based side.
After a barren first half, diminutive Douglas Archiv opened scoring for Lobi Stars in the forty-seventh minute, Austin Ogunye doubled the lead from the spot in the 56th minute before Jimoh Oni made it three after 10 minutes.
Undaunted by the looming defeat, Plateau United kept combating until Mohammed Zulkifilu diminished the deficit within the seventieth minute.
And within the third minute of second-half added time, Zulkifilu stepped ahead once more to score from the spot to close proceedings at 3-2.
Plateau United ended with 10 men following the straight red card to their goalkeeper Chinedu Anozie when he was adjudged to have illegally stopped Jimoh Oni’s goal certain transfer within the 88th minute.
In Okigwe, Kano Pillars had been denied the possibility to go prime of the table as they had been trounced 4-1 by merciless Abia Warriors.
A brace by Obioma Chukwuemeka (34th and 59th) and a goal each by Godwin Obaje (21st) and Daniel Wotlai (83rd) were sufficient to ship Pillars crumbling regardless of Nyima Nwagua’s consolatory goal in the thirty-seventh minute.
Following the defeat, Pillars immediately dropped from second to 3rd as Enugu Rangers earned a tough fought 1-0 win over hard-fighting Adamawa United to move to second.
Though they have the same 27 points as Rangers, Kwara United who was held 0-0 by Heartland in Ilorin are still in the prime of the table based on a superior goal difference of plus seven.
In Bauchi, Wikki Tourists additionally left it late to beat Wolves 1-0 courtesy of Idris Guda’s goal, Dakkada FC piped Katsina United 1-0 in Uyo however FC IfeanyiUbah were forced to 0-0 by Rivers United in Nnewi.
The other match between Sunshine Stars and Nasarawa United in Akure was stated to be disrupted by irate fans and shall be concluded this morning.
The first half of the match ended goallessly.