The Flying Antelopes’ efforts to draw level were dealt a big blow as they were reduced to 10 men when Tope Olusesi received the marching order in the 73rd minute.
Spirited efforts in the dying minutes of the encounter however earned the Coal City club a penalty kick which was converted by Godwin Aguda for a 1-1 draw.
The match result was not however without some discontent as angry fans invaded the pitch, causing a three-minute delay during the five-minute added time.
The second game of Match Day 4 between Akwa United FC of Uyo and 2017/2018 winners Lobi Stars ended in a barren draw.
But the day’s third match saw Enyimba FC handing FC Ifeanyi Ubah of Nnewi a 3-1 whitewash.
A brace from Reuben Bala, scored in the 18th and 45th minutes, and a wonderful finish from Abdulrahman Bashir gave the Aba clubside the needed victory.