Glo Premier League: Ejike’s Spot Kick Downs Akwa United in Owerri

Heartland’s Bright Ejike’s 40th minute penalty proved incisive in Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Akwa United at the Dan Anyiam Stadium.

It was a day of disappointments, after the visitors lost their goalscorer Namso Edo to a muscle injury.

The Owerri-based outfit claimed their match-winning goal when goalkeeper Kayode Olufemi rushed to hack down Emeka Ogbugh in the goal area. Ejike stepped up to convert from 12 yards.

Heartland Have Won and Drawn 4 Matches Each in the Ongoing NPFL Season, And Have Shared the Spoils on Eight Occasions.
Heartland Have Won and Drawn 4 Matches Each in the Ongoing NPFL Season, And Have Shared the Spoils on Eight Occasions.

United fought hard for an equaliser in the second-half and could have earned one in the final minutes of the game when substitute Enize Emmanuel struck a lovely volley that looked destined for the net, only for Emmanuel Iwu to dive in full stretch and tip the ball over the bar.

The win helped the Naze Millionaires move up to 15th in the table with 20 points from 16 games and sits. Akwa United are down to the eighth position with two points above their opponents.

Match Day 16 Results

El-Kanemi 2-0 Giwa FC

Heartland 1-0 Akwa United

Sharks 2-1 Abia Warriors

Gombe United 1-1 Warri Wolves

Nasarawa United 2-0 Rangers

Crown FC 2-0 FC Taraba

Nembe City 1-1 Kano Pillars

Enyimba 1-0 Dolphins

Lobi Stars 2-0 Bayelsa United

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