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NPFL Review: Heartland, MFM record morale boosting wins

It was Kwara United’s turn on Sunday as they narrowly defeated Niger Tornadoes 1-0 in a keenly contested North Central derby game in Ilorin.

Plateau United continued their blistering home form with a routine 3-0 win over the Promise Keepers at the New Jos Stadium on Sunday.

The Peace Boys got off to the best possible start when Nenrot Silas fired them ahead in the opening ten minutes of the game. The visitors poured men forward in search of their own breakthrough but that never came.

After the break, Ibrahim Buhari made it 2-0 before substitute Izuchukwu Chimezie rounded up the scoring with a goal of his own late in the game.

Fidelis Ilechukwu’s men stayed one point behind Rivers United, while Akwa United dropped to sixth on the log.

The Church Boys made it two back-to-back home wins as they pipped the Owena Whales 1-0 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.

In the cagey affair, it was the Lagosians who eventually prevailed courtesy Muyiwa Balogun’s strike in the 81st minute.

MFM are still bottom, but an unbeaten run of three games has given them hope of beating the drop once again.

Murphy Ndukwu scored the game's only goal as Erasmus Onuh’s men extended their unbeaten run to five games, while Enyimba remain winless in four league games.

The meeting of former champions, Kano Pillars and Enugu Rangers, ended goalless in Nnewi. In Ilorin,

Alao Danbani’s 19th minute strike handed Kwara United all three points against Niger Tornadoes.

Rafiu Ishaq grabbed his tenth goal of the season as Rivers United beat Nasarawa United in PH. Chujioke

Akuneto opened the scoring before Ishaq made it 2-0 before the break. Michael Tochukwu’s strike in the second half ended as a mere consolation for the Solid Miners.

Yusuf Yusuf and Emmanuel Ayaosi scored for Dakkada, while Ifeanyi Ogba scored for Lobi Stars in their league meeting at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo on Saturday. Tolulope Ojo and Andy Okpe

ensured Remo Stars record their first win in four games, as they humbly dispatch Katsina United in Ikenne.

In Bauchi, Manu Garba scored just after the hour mark to earn Wikki Tourists the win over Gombe United. Abia Warriors defeated Shooting Stars 2-1 in Okigwe.

Kwara FC 1-0 Niger Tornadoes

Plateau United 3-0 Akwa United

Wikki Tourists 1-0 Gombe United

Remo Stars 2-0 Katsina United

Abia Warriors 2-1 Shooting Stars

Rivers United 2-1 Nasarawa United

Enugu Rangers 0-0 Kano Pillars

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