Gor Mahia swept aside at out of sorts AFC Leopards side in this famous Kenyan derby at Nyayo Stadium, as newcomers Zoo Kericho crashed seasoned Western Stima while Ulinzi Stars survived a spirited fight back from Thika United in a five-goal fest in Sunday’s meetings.
Thika United 2-3 Ulinzi Stars (Thika Stadium)
Evergreen striker Stephen Waruru struck in the 11th minute of the match to give the soldiers the lead.
Daniel Waweru doubled the scores for the Kenya Defence Forces side via a penalty in the 19th minute. The productive Waruru then headed in a cross from Samuel Onyango just four minutes later to give Ulinzi a seemingly healthy 3-0 lead.
But Thika mounted a stiff fight back, Benson Iregi floating in a long ball into the danger area for Christopher Oruchum to head home and reduce the deficit to two goals for the home side.
Saad Musa and Francis Kinyua then combined beautifully in the 90th minute of the match, before the latter tucked the ball into the net to set up a tense finale. Ulinzi Stars just held on to collect all three points and emphatically bounce back from their shock 2-0 loss to rookies Zoo Kericho a week earlier.
AFC Leopards 0-3 Gor Mahia (Nyayo National Stadium)
Meddie Kagere gave the visitors the lead on 18th minute taking advantage of poor fielding by the AFC Leopards goalkeeper to scramble the ball into the net.
International capped George “BlackBerry” Odhiambo added Gor’s second goal late in the first half racing through to pick Kenneth Muguna’s through ball to lob over the ‘keeper.
With seven minutes left to play, Timothy Otieno put the icing on the cake with a header in a cluttered goalmouth after Godfrey Walusimbi’s cross had hit the upright to present a free-for-all scramble.
The third goal was too much for the home fans to bear as the exited the stadium en mass. The cheering Green Army cared less and no doubt celebrated long into the net getting on top of their old foes this time round.
Western Stima 0-2 Zoo Kericho (Moi Stadium)
Western Stima sunk to the bottom of the SportPesa Premier League table with this unexpected defeat.
League newcomers Zoo went ahead at the stroke of half time when midfielder Bernard Odhiambo headed the ball past Stima custodian Stephen Odhiambo.
Golden boy Mike Madoya got himself into the score sheet in the 56th minute when he drilled a powerful shot into the net following a swift counter. This was Zoo’s second successive win following their upset victory over four-time league champions Ulinzi Stars on April 30.
At Chemelil Sugar Sports Complex, home side Chemelil Sugar settled to a barren draw with Muhoroni Youth in this rescheduled fixture. The match was rained off dead even at half time on Saturday.