Abuja - Ifeanyi Egwim fired a hat-trick to inspire ten-man Dolphins to a 3-1 victory over Nasarawa United in the week 20 of the Nigeria Professional Football League on Saturday.
Nasarawa United took the lead from the penalty spot four minutes before the half-hour mark through usual suspect Esosa Igbinoba.
Egwim reacted sharply to a pass from Omoh Johnson before netting the equalizer for the Pride of Rivers.
Dolphins were soon in front, with Egwim the scorer again. The fair skinned forward reacted quickest to poke home from a rebound.
Another away defeat looked firmly on the cards for the visitors when Egwim completed his hat-trick two minutes to the hour mark.
Sharks FC ran out 2-1 winners over Warri Wolves in front of their fans at the Sharks Stadium.
First half goals from Fred Obomate and Chiamaka Madu rendered the late strike scored by Kufre Ebong as mere consolation.
Giwa FC pipped Kwara United 1-0 thanks to Charles Henlong's 49th minute strike at the Rwang Pam Stadium although their Ilorin opponents pressed hard to overturn a 1-0 deficit during the latter stages of the match.
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The contest between Bayelsa United and Akwa United at the Oghara Township Stadium finished 1-1.
The tempo was somewhat lacklustre until Salomon Junior broke the deadlock in the 61st minute.
The Promise Keepers' chances had proved few and far between, but they levelled in the closing stages through Aniekpeno Udoh.
The game between Wikki Tourists and Heartland ended in a 0-0 stalemate.
Both coaches would have at least been happy to see their sides claim clean sheets.
Abraham Audu struck the only goal of the game to earn Elkanemi Warriors a 1-0 win over visiting Shooting Stars at the Karkanda Stadium.
FC Taraba ended their winless run with a one-nil victory over Sunshine Stars at the Jolly Nyame Stadium. Stephen Adah scored the goal that made sure that the Pride of Jalingo bounced back from a poor run of 18 games without a win.
Rabiu Ali and Shagari Mohammed were on target as Baba Ganaru started his second stint as the coach of Kano Pillars win a 2-1 victory over Lobi Stars.
Anthony Okpotu scored Lobi Stars' only goal, in what was their seventh league loss of the season.
Enyimba International FC came from behind to share the spoils against Enugu Rangers in the Oriental Derby.
Musa Najare got a 32nd minute equalizer against the Flying Antelopes to cancel out Onoriode Odah's 11th minute lead for the visitors.
Elsewhere, Abia Warriors gave a struggling and unimpressive FC Ifeanyi Uba side all they could as they earned a 1-1 draw in Nnewi.
Christopher Omeseibi stunned the home fans to give Abia Warriors the lead but Yusuf Afeez levelled for FC Ifeanyi when he converted from the penalty spot in the 53rd minute to give his side a share of the points.