Nasarawa United attacker, Adamu Hassan’s 82nd minute strike was enough to salvage a point for the hosts in their Match Day 4 tie with Kano Pillars.
Pillars’ second half substitute, Nwagua had put the visitors ahead when he broke the deadlock from a goal mouth scramble, three minutes after replacing Ebuka.
Pillars endured a lethargic start to the game and were fortunate not to have conceded early in the 10th minute when Ikenna Offor had only the goalkeeper to beat but his weak attempt from close range went straight into Idris Ibrahim’s waiting hands.
In the 27th minute, Auwali Ali with Pillars first shot on target leading to an easy catch for Umar.
Pillar’s Chike Ike was a thorn in the flesh of Nasarawa United as he has been on the heels of Nasarawa United midfield.
A minute later, United’s forward, Aliu Adam after a soft touch fell in the opponent’s box but the center referee refused to fall for his antics.
Again, in the 37th minute, the Solid Miners missed another opportunity to take the lead, a beautiful header from Silas gotten from an accurate cross from Abdullahi’s set piece went inches over the cross bar.
Those misses by the hosts proved decisive as Ovoke netted soon after to hand United maximum points which was enough to see them move up to 14th on the log
NASARAWA UNITED FC STARTING ELEVEN
Danlami Umar – (c GK), Abubakar Abdullahi, Reuben Nicodemus, Abdulrazak Sadiq, Uzochukwu Austin Chigozie, Franklin Tebo, Aliyu Abdullahi Adam, Victor Okoro, Chinedu Ohanachom, Silas Nwankwo , Ikenna Offor
Galadima Mohammed, Emeka Onyema, Ibrahim Matthew, Haggai Katoh Adamu Hassan Lawal, Ehiaghe David Shekwolagaza, King Osanga, Ebuka Anaekwe, Dauda Maigishiri
Kano Pillars XI:
Idris Ibrahim, Victor Dennis, Fahad Usman, Jerome Hechong, Ndasi Denis Kadiang, Auwalu Ali Malam, Chinedu Ike, Umar Hassan, Yusuf Bala Maigoro, Rabiu Ali (C), David Ebuka
Suraj Ayeleso, Abdullahi Musa, Munkaila Musa, Abbas Rabi’u, Mustapha Salisu, Nwagua Nyima, Bright Silas.
13 attempts 6
4 on target 2
9 fouls 18
9 offside 4
7 corner 5
1 yellow 3
0 red 0