Sporting Lagos launch NNL second stanza, force Joy Cometh to draw at Onikan

NNL23: Joy Cometh 2-2 Sporting Lagos

Sporting Lagos launch NNL second stanza, force Joy Cometh to draw at Onikan

Jidechi Chidiezie 19:57 - 28.04.2023

Sporting Lagos currently leads Group B2 of the Southern Conference, prior to the completion of week 6 fixtures.

The second half of the 2023 edition of the Nigeria National League (NNL) got underway on Friday, with Sporting Lagos coming from two goals down to force Joy Cometh to a 2-2 draw.

The Lagos Derby saw competition get stiffer in Group B2 of the Southern Conference, as Sporting Lagos went a point clear at the top of the table.

Joy Cometh 2-2 Sporting Lagos: As it happened

The hosts got off on the front foot in Friday's encounter at the Mobolaji Johnson Stadium, in Onikan, scoring their first goal of the game in the 14th minute.

It took them only two minutes to double their lead, putting despair on the faces of the visitors.

However, Clement Naantaum eased the pressure on Sporting Lagos, cutting Joy Cometh's two-goal lead by scoring his side's first of the day after 27 minutes.

The hosts were then gifted a glorious opportunity to restore their two-goal lead just minutes before half-time, but the penalty was sent wide.

They eventually did pay for the wasted opportunity in the 76th minute, as a well-worked Sporting Lagos setup got finished off from close range by Wisdom Samuel.

NNL group leaders aiming to continue dominance

Nigeria's second division will swing into full action on Saturday and Sunday, with games holding in most parts of the country.

Group B2 will see Ijebu United take on Crown, while Smart City will welcome Gateway United to Lagos on Sunday. The likes of Heartland, Rovers and Madiba will look to continue their dominance in their individual groups in the Southern Conference.

The Northern Conference could see Mighty Jets, Katsina United, Kano Pillars and Adamawa United extend their leads in Groups A1, A2, A3 and A4 respectively.