Sunshine Stars recorded their ninth league win of the season as they held off a determined Heartland team to run out 2-1 winner in a Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) week 21 game, played at the Ondo Sports Complex on w.
Both sides produced some sparkling football, although often poor finishing often let them down in the opening 10 minutes.
The Owena Whales opened the scoring five minute after 12 minutes. Striker Sikiru Alimi superbly controlled Seun Olulayo’s before volleying home.
Alimi then managed to get onto the end of a free-kick and headed the ball across goal and wide of the goalkeeper
In the 22nd minute, Stars doubled their lead when Franklin Sasere dispossessed Ike ThankGod of the ball, he moved face-to-face with the goalkeeper and powered into the bottom left.
Sasere played with much passion and was a constant thorn in the flesh of the Heartland rear-guard.
The Naze Millionaires managed to give themselves a chance of getting a point in the 46th minute, when Fortune Omoniware headed past onrushing Henry Ayodele.