Heartland FC of Owerri secured impressive home win over ten man Nasarawa United in the matchday 15 of Nigeria Professional Football League at the Okigwe stadium on Sunday.
The game swung into full gear when referee Nuru Abdullahi from Zamfara state spotted an infringement in the penalty zone of Nasarawa United to award a penalty in the tenth minutes as Nasarawa United players protested his decision.
Nnamdi Egbujor stood tall to convert from 12 yards as his effort narrowly beats Galadima Mohammed in goal for Nasarawa United.
The Solid Miners dominated the play and on the 25th minutes Sunusi Ibrahim converted from Isah Ndala’s pinpoint cross to equalize with his 5th goal of the season.
On the 42th minutes Nwaodu Chukwudi benefitted from a goalmouth scrabble to restore Heartland’s lead as Thomas Adeshina was shown a red card in the 44th minutes amidst protest from Nasarawa United.
On resumption of the second stanza it was Nasarawa United that continued from where they stopped as the trio of Sunusi Ibrahim, Isah Ndala and Anas Yusuf kept pressing for an equalizer but it was Heartland that strikes as Joshua Akhabue who rose highest to head home Nwaodu Chukwudi’s cross as the Naze Millionaires condemned Nasarawa United to it’s first lost in 4 games.
Nasarawa United are still 5th on the NPFL group B table with 22 points from 15 games and will next host El Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri in Lafia.