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Heartland FC earns bragging rights in Oriental Derby

07 September 2015, 07:48

Abuja - Heartland posted a 2-0 comfortable win over Enugu Rangers at the Dan Anyiam Stadium in the Nigeria Professional Football League on Sunday evening.

Former Sharks striker Fortune Omoniwari powered the Naze Millionaires into the lead after expertly converting a perfect pass from  Emeka Ogbugh in the 67th minute.

The game needed to travel for just 18 extra minutes before the second goal was registered as substitute Chidiebere Ajoku rocketed the ball home after he latched on to Bright Ejike's assist to cushion the lead.

Razaq Adegbite should have put the Flying Antelopes in the lead after three minutes but a defensive block from Wale Doyeni denied him.

Heartland came out of their shell and  Babangida Hassan's left footer hit the woodwork in the 9th minute.

The Oriental Derby continued to produce the required entertainment in Owerri.

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Evergreen central defender Okey Odita showed why experience counts in football with a latch-ditch tackle to deny the goal-bound Ejike on the 15 minutes mark.

Deputy Governor of Imo State Prince Eze Madumere was present at the match venue to cheer the Naze Millionaires to victory.

The introduction of Ajoku was the tonic the hosts needed to put the visitors under intense pressure. The switch later turned out to yield positive result for Heartland.

Omoniwari fired home from an Emeka Ogbugh pass seven minutes after the hour mark.

Rangers had two chances to at least equalize in a six-minute spell but young goalkeeper Emmanuel Iwu was at his best to produce fantastic saves.

The first was from a free-kick with the second from a point-blank save after Godwin Aguda found his way to the box before shooting at goal.

The saves proved crucial for Heartland as the game zoomed to the home stretch with all to play for.

Heartland sealed victory five minutes from time.

Super-sub Ajoku fired in a bullet. It was a lovely assist from Ejike to set-up the substitute.

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