Enyimba had more of the ball at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, but Heartland were decidedly more clinical, making the most of the nativity of the People’s Elephants. 2-0 it ended in the Nigeria Professional Football League week four encounter on Wednesday in Owerri.
The Oriental derby lived up to it billing as both sides showed willingness to pick the three points and bragging rights at stake.
For Heartland it was Hallelujah on their part as they picked their first win of the season after three failed attempts.
Enyimba must have licked their wounds after falling to their first defeat of the campaign.
Samuel Nnoshiri tested Olufemi Kayode with a flick on the half-volley, then Samad Kadiri stung Chijioke Ejiogu’s gloves on the counter, but Heartland kept almost all the possession early doors.
Bright Onyedikachi unleashed a rocket on the half-volley from distance that Olufemi Kayode flew to fingertip over the bar, while Shedrack Oghali wasn’t alert enough to make the most of a roll across.
The deadlock was broken in the 33rd minute when nodded beyond Kayode.
Eight minutes later, Enyimba had a penalty appeal rejected by the centre referee who showed that he was in charge of affairs.
Stanley Okorom turned an ambitious effort over from distance, but Enyimba shot themselves in the foot as they conceded another goal, this time Adachi Emmanuel scored for the Naze Millionaires.
Enyimba continued to keep more of the ball and do very little with it, Tosin Omoyele’s strike too central to trouble Ejiogu.
Omoyele then couldn’t make the right contact to Cyril Olisema’s cross as header went wide.