Tosin Omoyele scored a brace as Enyimba ran out 2-1 winners against Plateau United at the Enyimba Stadium on Saturday evening.
Omoyele headed in Anayo Iwuala’s corner and blasted in the second shortly after to reduce Moses Effiong’s second half header to a mere consolation.
As it has become usual, Anayo was Enyimba’s main attacking channel, but it was Plateau that created the early threat, Sunday Anthony’s long range curler forcing a smart save from John Noble midway through the half.
Enyimba’s chance on the break was cleared for a corner and it was from the set piece that the hosts got their breakthrough. Anayo’s excellent delivery was met by Omoyele as United’s defence slumped, and the forward powered home a free header from close range.
With the dust not fully settled on the opener, there came a second three minutes later when Enyimba showcased some outlandish possession play before Anayo held up play in the box to set up Omoyele for his brace.
The hosts came close to a third shortly after but Dare Olatunji’s pop from a clearance was blocked en route goal.
Sadiq Abubakar replaced Orok Gabriel at the restart, and the substitute was instrumental to what could have been a third, as he teed up Anayo whose first touch effort bounced off the post.
Abba Umar and Moses Effiong came on for United, meanwhile, and the duo contributed to a spell of sustained pressure until the latter headed in Isah Ndala’s freekick to halve the deficit with fourteen minutes left.
The win, Enyimba’s fourth on the bounce, has opened a six point lead at the top for the champions, and spurs confidence as the team switches to the Confederation Cup fixture against Rivers United on February 14.
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