Lobi Stars Tamara Ezekiel second half lone strike sunk Adamawa United further into the drop zone at Pantami Stadium, Gombe on Wednesday as Lobi Stars make two wins out of two in the space of three days.
Douglas Achiv set up Tamara Ezekiel 200 yards to the goalmouth, who came on as a substitute in their last home game against Sunshine Stars with a curler that beat Adamawa United Pwadadi Bulus on the firing line 10 minutes into the second half.
Lobi Stars manager Gbenga Ogunbote made three changes to the starting lineup to the team that beat Sunshine Stars at home last Sunday, Tamara Ezekiel, Anumudu Udochukwu and goalkeeper Faith James replaced Moses Ocheje
The host were not at their fluid best but was denied an early chance after the assistant referee raised his flag for offside after Agbayi Vashinma tries to beat the offside trap, on the other Samad Kadiri went close to grabbed the visitors first in the opening minute when his half volley hit the post.
Adamawa United thought they had taken the lead when Isa Garba’s delivered a powerful close-range one was ruled offside by the assistant referee. That strike was the only effort by the host in the 41 minutes of the encounter.
Coming from 2-0 victory over Sunshine Stars at home at the weekend the “Pride of Benue” were at full force to add up to their previous away victory this season, took their chance ten minutes into the second half as Tamara Ezekiel slip through Adamawa United defence to smack in a love drive past Pwadadi Bulus in the firing line for Lobi Stars.
Adamawa United attempted to push for equalizer, but Lobi Stars were the one benefiting from the loose ball by the host, Douglas Achiv and Nzube Anaezemba combination in the heart of the pitch provided AbdulKareem Mumuni with a chance to increase the scoreline, he dragged an effort wide and then failed to make the most of an Adeleye Aniyikaye cross.
Late in the second half, Adamawa United upped the tempo in response and Emmanuel Oguagu had a good run on the byline before Isa Garba had an effort blocked and Eka Unaegbe drove against the post and had another shot saved by Faith James.
Lobi Stars now joined Plateau United and Rivers United at the top of the log with 24 points, Plateau United still lead the standings on goal difference.
They will welcome Mountain of Fire Ministries FC on Sunday for NPFL Matchday 14 at the Aper Aku Stadium.