Lobi Stars of Makurdi stayed top of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) on Sunday, but had to come from behind after they came from behind to beat Rivers United 3-2, while Yaya Kone fired a hat-trick for FC Ifeanyiubah to drub Plateau United 3-0.
Lobi Stars now have 26 points from 16 matches, while their closest rivals, Akwa United could only draw 1-1 at home with Abia Warriors.
The individual performance of the day will belong to Yaya Kone, who scored thrice to sink champions Plateau United.
It was the sixth loss of the season for the defending champions, who lost a penalty through Tosin Omoyele in the closing moments of the game.
Despite Destiny Ashadi controlling the midfield and Katsina United scoring first, ‘The Changi Boys’ still fell 2-1 at MFM FC, while Yobe Desert Stars dropped their first points at home this season after they forced Enyimba to a 1-1 draw.
There were also home wins for Heartland, Wikki Tourists and Niger Tornadoes, while hosts Go Round FC held Enugu Rangers to a 2-2 draw.
Kano Pillars fell 2-1 at bottom club Kwara United even after striker Junior Lokosa put them ahead with his 12th goal of the season.
A total of 29 goals were scored today – the highest tally this season – with seven home wins and three draws.
Results MatchDay 14
Heartland 2-1 Nasarawa Utd
Lobi 3-2 Rivers Utd
Akwa Utd 1-1 Abia Warriors
Wikki 3-0 El-Kanemi
FCIU 3-0 Plateau Utd
Kwara Utd 2-1 Kano Pillars
Tornadoes 1-0 Sunshine Stars
Yobe DS 1-1 Enyimba
Go Round 2-2 Rangers
MFM 2-1 Katsina Utd