Dolphins and Enugu Rangers battled to a drab, goalless stalemate in their premier league clash at the Liberation Stadium on Saturday.
Rangers employed delay tactics from the start of the game as their players frequently fell on the turf until they got the attention of the referee.
However, they fought for every ball in midfield with Obinna Nwobodo and Justice Chinedu standing out.
The hosts struggled to impose themselves on the game and both goalkeepers were not tested in the opening half.
Rangers defence, led by Ousmane Pape Sane, marked Ifeanyi Egwim and Fred Okwara out of the game, and it was Emem Eduok that often ran into chances when straying towards the goal from his wide position.
Dolphins appeared to have more zeal in the second period and raised the tempo a little.
They had the first clear-cut chance of the match on 60 minutes, but Fred Okwara and Eduok got in each other’s way from Chidiebere Okolie’s delivery.
Eduok missed three other chances, while substitute Omo Johnson’s header came off the bar in the 73rd minute.
Dolphins’ manager Stanley Eguma said they had enough chances to have won the game.
“Both sides played well, but we failed to covert our chances,” he told supersport.com.
“It was a very difficult game. We planned to win, but unfortunately it ended in a draw.”
He promised they would play better in their next match.
“This is our first match on our home ground this season and some of our players were playing on it for the first time.
“It would be better in the next match against Giwa,” Eguma said.
Enugu Rangers head coach John Obuh was satisfied with the outcome.
“I feel elated. The game was okay,” he said.
GLO LEAGUE RESULTS
Kaduna United 1 – 1 Heartland
Dolphins 0 – 0 Rangers