By Uche Dozie
Sport Writer, kick442.com-Nigeria
Abia Warriors were running away with the win before Heartland pulled two back to end the oriental derby at Okigwe 2-2 on Sunday.
Godwin Obaje scored to give the away side the lead in the 6th lead. Obaje capitalised on a goalmouth scramble to nod the ball off the fumbling hands of goalkeeper Chijioke Ejiogu.
He made it two in the 16th minutes.
The Abia Warriors striker dribbled past Pascal Eze and Jimoh Gbadamosi in defence before calmly finishing off his effort.
Heartland almost made three, but the defense die well to deny Godwin a hat-trick.
Coach Ilechukwu reacted quickly to the score as made three substitutions to salvage the situation.
The act by the coach paid off as the home team pulled one back.
Stand in captain Pascal Eze headed in Uche Oguchi’s cross which beat the goalkeeper at the dead of half time.
The come back was completed in the second half through Samuel Nnoshiri
Nnoshiri scored from the spot after Shedrack Oghali was deemed to have been fouled in the away team’s box.
The away side really pushed to get a win, but were unlucky as the game ended in a draw.
Elsewhere, Kano Pillars dropped points at home this season for the first time as they came back from a goal down to play a one all draw against Ranger International of Enugu.
Sai Masu Gida conceded their first goal of the season when Ernest Governor scored in the 9th minutes to put the Enugu side the lead.
Governor caught Tony Shimaga’s cross to beat the goalkeeper with his head.
However, Auwalu Mallam Ali level things in 42nd minutes.
He scored from a direct freekick.
In the second half, the end to end stuff continued, but for Yusuf Maigoro who almost left the home side in a dicey situation after he was shown a red card.
Professional foul by Maigoro earned him a straight red card. He stops a Rangers attack illegally as the last defender.
The home team nevertheless held on to get a point out of the game.
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