Lobi Stars threw away a two goal lead to draw 2-2 with Kano Pillars in one of the match day 23 fixtures of the 2019/2020 Nigerian professional premier league fixtures played at Aper Aku Stadium, Makurdi.
Lobi Stars came into the big match after their narrow victory over Kwara United in the match day 22 last Sunday, and a victory is needed in order to keep up with Rivers United and Plateau United on top of the table.
Pillars however settled quickly into the game and earned the game’s first corner, but it was perfectly dealt with by the hosts.
Second chance of the game fell to the visitors again In the 6th minute, as Nyima Nwangwa knocked down the ball for Auwalu Ali whose one-time canon wasn’t far from target.
Few minutes later, Lobi Stars got their first chance of the game , as Carlos Galeya ran with a corner from the right before curling in a left-footer to the roof of the net for the first goal of the game.
The Pride of Benue swung into full flow and doubled their the 15th minute, when John Lazarus scored from the penalty spot after he was fouled by Abdulahi Musa.
It was all Lobi at this point and it seemed only a matter of time before they notched the third but against the run of play, Pillars reduced the tally three minutes before halftime when Auwalu nodded in Rabiu Ali’s corner.
At resumption, Lobi continued from where they stopped, and had several begging chances, but they were not taken.
Lobi continued to search for the third and left themselves opened at the back as Pillars got thier second of the gamein the 69th minute.
Chijioke Alaekwe cut in from the left and put the ball on the plate for Auwalu who made no mistake as he fired past the sorry goalkeeper.
Lobi press for a winner late on but Pillars keeper Enahoro parried John Lazarus header away from safety In the 80th minute.
Enaholo again denied Kadiri in the added time , as he tipped his goal bound headee to the upright and into corner.
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