NPFL: Rangers Consolidates after Crushing Ikorodu Utd 4-1


Rangers consolidated their leadership of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) yesterday on the back of a 4-1 thumping of bottom club Ikorodu United.

‘The Flying Antelopes’ now have 31 points from 17 matches.
Abia Warriors moved into second place on the table with 30 points after they pipped Rivers United 1-0.
Third-placed Kano Pillars were held to a goalless draw by visiting Heartland to now have 28.
Francis Madu scored an own goal against his team Ikorodu United after just 10 minutes as Rangers piled on the pressure from the onset.
Tope Olusesi made it 2-0 after 16 minutes and scored his brace five minutes later, before Ebiye Moses pulled a goal back for the visitors a minute later.
Obinna Nwobodo wrapped up a convincing home win for Rangers four minutes from time.
Elsewhere, Michael Olaha scored on 24 minutes to settle a scrappy contest between Abia Warriors and Rivers United.
The Warriors won 1-0 in a game that promised so much but delivered so little from the perspective of genuine quality and aesthetic football.
Heavy rains before kick-off rendered large sections of the pitch at the Umuahia Township Stadium almost unplayable.
As a result, both sides, famed for attractive, possession-based football, struggled to bring their optimum game to the table.
The hosts should have doubled their lead in the final minute of added time after Rivers United conceded a penalty with captain, Austin Festus, handling the ball in the box.
Second half substitute, Chisom Chikatara produced a tame shot which was saved by the United goal keeper, Sunday Rotimi.
“I was over confident. I thought that I had scored already. That’s why I missed,” Chikatara said of his shocking effort from 12 yards.
The defeat sees United fall to sixth on the standings with 28 points from 17 matches while Abia Warriors rose two places and now occupy second place with 30 points from 16 matches.
In Kano, Heartland FC of Owerri came off the best for it as they held Kano Pillars to a goalless draw in the encounter at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano.
Pillars started with a bang, with Rabiu Ali shooting twice in the opening minutes but Heartland goalkeeper Ebere Obi showed the Naze millionaires as Heartlanders are fondly called were ready for battle.
In was a highly tactical game in which both teams ensured they had their backsides well fenced before surging forward.