Plateau United Football Club of Jos extended their lead at the top of the Nigeria Professional Football League standings and hinching closer to their second league title in four years after recording a crucial a 1-0 away win over Wikki Tourists of Bauchi in a match day twenty-three fixtures decided at the Tafawa Balewa Stadium
The table toppers were on tje front foot from the kick of the encounter ,but the host quickly responded with a string of passes, holding the midfield, Plateau United increased the intensity of their game and deservedly got the only goal of the encounter in the thirty third minute.
Sunday Anthony who joined the Peace boys from relegated Elkanemi Warriors of Maiduguri blasted in from thirty five yards with a left footed shot in what can best best be described as a contender for goal of the season, to beat everybody in the Wikki Tourists defence including the goalkeeper who watched haplessly as the ball rolled into the far corner of the net to give his team the lead.
However, shortly after the goal was scored , there was a scuffle at one of the popular stance of the stadium, as a free-for-all fight among supporters of the two teams forced the centre referee to halt the match in order provide safety for the technical crew of Plateau United who were being pelted with sachet water , stones and other dangerous objects.
After normalcy was restored, the centre referee continued the match and blew his whistled to signalled the end of first as Plateau United took a first half lead.
As both sides returned for the second half, Plateau United continued from where they stopped dictating things from the middle of the pack where Charles Henlong, Oche Ochowechi and Isah Ndala were dominating possession against their host.
Plateau United had some decent chances to add more goals, but poor finishing especially from the duo of Mustapha Ibrahim and Abba Umar saw those chances being wasted.
Wikki Tourists had their fair chances to cancelled out the goal, but lack of coordination between the midfield and the attack was their greatest undoing as the failed to break a well resolute Plateau United defence ably marshalled by t hardworking Ikefe Andrew who is the mainstay in the visitors backline.
Goalkeeper Dele Ajiboye who is making a rare start for Plateau United after he came in for the injured Anozie Chinedu made some vital saves to justify his inclusion as his composure between the sticks was a delight to watch.
The victory has now taken Plateau United points tally to forty three as they consolidated their top spot position on the league table.
The encounter which was watched by a capacity crowd was overshadowed by crowd trouble as the centre referee was badly hit on the face on his way to the dressing room.
The blow was said to have affected his eyes as he was rushed to the hospital for proper medication by the officials of the home team and security.
Plateau United had their own fair share of the damage too as their team bus was pelted with stones which destroyed one of the team bus glasses while the Hummer bus had an accident trying to flee away from the scene