Heartless Heartland Drub Nasarawa 5-2

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It was a seven-goal thriller at the Dan Anyiam Stadium Sunday evening as Heartland recorded a 5-2 win over visiting Nasarawa United of Lafia, reports npfl.ng.
Ebere Odiche opened the floodgates with a beautiful free-kick in the 21st minute before Fred Okwara doubled the lead for the Naze Millionaires beating the offside trap and firing a low shot beneath Paul Danjuma.
Leonard Ugochukwu pulled one back for the visitors just before the break and Bright Ejike would score on both sides of Mustapha Musa’s header before Joseph Iniobong completed the rout with the last kick of the game.
From the start, the home team were on top of things, pegging the visitors back in their own half and the pace of Ejike and Ogbugh worrying the defenders.
The first warning signs came as early as the second minute but Nwaneri’s goal bound strike was charged down for a corner. Minutes later, Ejike turned in the box but Danjuma was quick out of his line to gather.
They would wait till the 21st minute for the breakthrough after Ejike was felled outside the area. Ebere Odiche who fired in a similar free-kick against Shooting Stars last week in Ibadan, stepped up and curled it above the wall and into the top corner.
The home team kept surging forward fueled by the voices of over 6,000 fans and could have doubled when Ejike’s cross from the left was on its way to the onrushing Collins Nwaneri but Thomas Zenke intercepted.
They would not be denied three minutes later when a poor attempt at an offside trap freed Okwara who drove into the area and fired beneath Paul Danjuma.
The visitors however refused to give up and at the stroke of half time, Ugochukwu stole behind the ball watching Heartland Defence to tap in Obiazor’s spilled ball from Mannir Ubale’s cross.
Three minutes after the break, the home team restored the two goal lead. Mustapha Musa handled a ball in the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Ejike sent the keeper the other way to make it 3-2. Mustapha however made amends ten minutes later, rising highest to nod in Yaro Bature’s inch perfect cross.
Ejike then got his second, taking charge of a lose ball in the box to fire past Paul Danjuma. The now weary visitors knew it was all over but Heartland was not done yet, in fact they saved the best for last.
Joseph Iniobong received the ball from midfield and unleashed a 35yard strike which flew past Paul Danjuma into the Nasarawa goal.
The final whistle which sounded minutes later was met with applause from the fans who had totally enjoyed themselves.


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