One time winner of the Nigeria Professional Football League, Plateau United on Sunday evening defeated Nasarawa United by 2 goals to 1 in a MatchDay 21 played at the New Jos Stadium to record its first ever league double over their opponents.
The first victory came on January 14 when Plateau won the game by a lone goal.
The Kenedy Boboye tutored boys hit the ground running and were rewarded with a penalty in the 8th minute after Nasarawa’s Sanusi Ibrahim fouls Reuben Bala in the box which was expertly converted by Bature Yaro. He however refused to celebrate against his former team.
The home side piled up pressure on the away side but wasted chances to double the lead and were nearly punished for their sloppiness.
The game took a dramatic turn in the 34th minute following a red card issued to Nasarawa’s Achiv for dissent towards the referee after he was initially booked for a foul on Reuben Bala.
Despite the numerical disadvantage to the away side, Najeem Olukokun headed Nasarawa back into the contest after connecting with a Samuel Oyedeji’s inch-perfect free-kick.
However, in the 71st minute, Reuben Bala restored the advantage for the home side following a loose ball from 20 yards.
Plateau United are 3rd on the table with 33 points while Nasarawa Utd are 15th with 25 points
Meanwhile, in other matches, Niger Tornadoes played out a 1-1 draw against Kwara United just as Go Round FC defeated Wikki Tourists 1-0. El-Kanemi Warriors battled Rivers United to a 1-1 draw.
Also, MFM FC were humbled at home by Abia Warriors in a 1-0 defeat while Rangers failed to shoot down Akwa United in a goalless draw.
IfeanyiUbah dimmed the stars of Yobe Desert away as both teams shared the spoils of war in a 1-1 draw while Sunshine Stars condemned Heartland to its relegation spot with a 2-1 victory.