Plateau United extended their lead at the top of the Nigeria Professional Football League with two points gap with a devastating attacking dismissal of FC Ifeanyi Ubah at New Jos Stadium.
Plateau United, lifted after title regional rivals Wikki Tourists home draw against Rangers International on Sunday, responded with an explosive display that saw them 2-0 by the interval and on their way to extending their unbeaten league home run to 7 games.
Ammar Umar took advantage of FC Ifeanyi Ubah’s defensive confusion to quickly find the back of the net, then slalom past a posse of defenders to put Plateau United in front with an assist from Charles Henlong.
Nimrot Silas extended Plateau’s lead after 15 minutes later when Chizoba Amaefule ‘s long cross exposed Ifeanyi Ubah’s defence, the young lad smacked under Uzoigwe Sharp palm.
On the resumption, instead of shrinking in the face of a setback, it was simply a case of FC Ifeanyi Ubah prodding the beast as Plateau United swarmed forward in the style that has become their trademark under Abdul Maikaba to record another statement win in this hugely impressive season as continue to push forward, nine minutes into the second half, team captain, Daniel Itodo ran into the space vacated by FC Ifeanyi Ubah’s Ogucha Eric down the right to cross his cross went straight into the head of Mustapha Ibrahim heads in to make it three for the home side.
Ten minutes later, Bernard Ovoke increased the tally with a header courtesy of Daniel Itodo long devilish throw in giving them insurance policy of the encounter and in front of their diehard home crowd.
With 75 minutes on the clock, Abdul Maikaba teased off Ammar Umar for Toyin Omoleye and in no time he made his presence felt by the home crowd with a brilliant sweeping move, collecting Ibrahim Mustapha’s past ten minutes later to charge past two defenders and send Uzoigwe Sharp the wrong way.
Late in the second half, the Anambra Warriors managed to respond with Plateau United defence stood static as Ekene Awazie reacted quickest to convert Collom Paul’s low cross with past Dele Ajiboye.
And the signs are ominous for the chasing pack, effectively Wikki Tourists and new member Dakkada FC, who are out to deprive Plateau United on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
NPFL MATCHDAY 8 RESULTS
Kwara United 0-1 Heartland
Plateau United 5-1 FC IfeanyiUbah
Jigawa Golden Stars 2-1 Warri Wolves
Lobi Stars 1-0 Abia Warriors
Dakkada FC of Uyo 2-1 Enyimba International
Rivers United 2-0 Katsina United
Adamawa United 0-3 Sunshine Stars
Played on Friday —
MFM FC 3-0 Akwa United