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NPFL: Dominant Rangers Outshine Heartland In Oriental Derby, Abia Warriors Floor Remo Stars

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Rangers rallied back from a CmaTrends down to beat Heartland 3-1 in their Nigeria Professional Football League matchday
27 encounter in Awka on Saturday night.

Monday Yakubu capitaized on Philip Clement’s howler to hand Heartland the lead on 13 minutes.

Ossy Martins pulled the Flying Antelopes level on 22 minutes after Chidiebere Nwobodo was denied at close range by goalkeeper Femi Thomas.

The hosts took the lead for the first time in the game five minutes before the break , with Shedrack Asiegbu capitalizing on a mix-up in the visitors defence to slot the ball into the net.

In the second minute of four added minutes, Rangers sealed the points with the third CmaTrends from Eso Archibong.

The Flying Antelopes remain on course to secure a continental ticket following the win.

Abdu Makaiba’s side occupy third position on the table with 45 points from 25 matches.

The Enugu club will travel away to Remo Stars for their next league game.

At the Enyimba International Stadium, Aba, Abia Warriors pip Remo Stars 2-0.

Yakub Hammed curled home a direct free kick to put Abia Warriors ahead in the 61st minute after he was fouled by the edge of the box.

Valentine Odoh headed in Paul Samson’s cross 10 minutes from time to double the lead for the home team.

Remo Stars, who are in the hunt for a CAF Confederation Cup ticket dropped to fourth position on the table following the defeat.

Gbenga Ogunbote’s side will entertain Enugu Rangers at Remo Stars Stadium, Ikenne next week Sunday.

The Sky Blue sit in fourth position with 43 points from 27 games.

The win boosted Abia Warriors chances of surviving the drop.

Sunday’s Fixtures
Lobi Stars v Katsina Utd
Kano Pillars v Kwara Utd
Gombe Utd v Sunshine Stars
Rivers Utd v MFM FC
Shooting Stars v N. Tornadoes
Akwa Utd v Enyimba FC
Wikki Tourist v Dakkada FC
Nasarawa Utd v Plateau Utd

By Adeboye Amosu