Enugu Rangers fell 3-1 at Lobi Stars wednesday as FC IfeanyiUbah moved up on the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) table after a 1-0 home win over Heartland.
Niger Tornadoes also made the most of home advantage to beat Shooting Stars 2-1 in Lokoja.
A Kingsley Eduwo hat-trick sunk Rangers in Makurdi with Chisom Egbuchulam pulling a goal back for visiting Rangers.
IfeanyiUbah’s home win has catapulted them to second place on the table with 13 points and a better goals difference than MFM who drew 1-1 against visiting Kano Pillars at Agege Stadium last night.
At Nnewi, William Da Silva’s strike on the 7th minute, was all Ifeanyi Uba FC needed to ease past Oriental neighbours Heartland FC, in a tightly contested match.
In what was termed a fierce derby, hugely characterised by intense rivalry on and off the pitch, the home side fielded Brazillians, Williams and Alberico Barbosad in the starting line-up, against Alphonsus Dike’s men.
Ifeanyi Uba got the game to a flying start, when acute exchange of passes led to Bright Onyedikachi being hacked down inside the area on the 6th minute. William stepped in to send Ebele Obi the wrong way from the spot, to give his side the advantage.
Excellent run of play by the visitors within the half hour mark, almost produced some lifeline. Rolland Koffi, the most amazing beneficiary, blasted a perfectly carved sitter, inches off target, from edge of the area.
Minutes to wrap the first half, Dobrev withdrew Williams for Tamen Medrano, in a bid to match a physically dominant Heartland side, in the middle of the park. The gamble paid off, as the visitor’s excesses were effectively checked, allowing the home side stay in front at the break.
Alberico came close to doubling his side’s advantage three minutes after the break, but his rampaging strike, 25 yards out, got past Obi, but not the woodwork.
There were three goalless draws on the day – Wikki Tourists held Abia Warriors to a scoreless draw in Umuahia, Rivers United were held by Sunshine Stars in Port Harcourt and Akwa United were pegged back by Warri Wolves.
Giwa United were also held to a 1-1 draw by El Kanemi in Jos.
There will be two matches today as Enyimba at home against Plateau United and Nasarawa up against Ikorodu United.
MATCH DAY 8
Lobi 3-1 Rangers
Tornadoes 2-1 3SC
IfeanyiUbah 1-0 Heartland
Giwa 1-1 El-Kanemi
Abia Warriors 0-0 Wikki
Rivers Utd 0-0 Sunshine
Akwa Utd 0-0 Warri Wolves
MFM vs Pillars (Late kick-off)
Enyimba vs Plateau United
Nasarawa United vs Ikorodu United