Thika United hold galloping table leaders Gor Mahia to barren draw, recovering Tusker notch second consecutive win as Cosmas Lewis (Bandari), Mwana Yema (Sony Sugar) and Collins Netto (Chemelil Sugar) each grab a double in Sunday’s matches.
AFC Leopards 0-0 Kakamega Homeboyz (Kenyatta Stadium)
This match was reduced to a midfield battle with little in clear cut chances happening at either ends.
Alex Kitenge, Vincent Oburu and Samuel Ndung’u were busy on the afternoon for Leopards but could not influence the result.
Bandari 3-0 Zoo Kericho (Mbaraki Sports Club)
On the double Cosmas Lewis returned to scoring ways in the 17th minute after receiving a cross from Kevin Omondi, engaging in a brilliant run past his markets to beat goalkeeper Samuel Koko on goal.
The Tanzanian completed his brace in the 40th minute pouncing on his rebounding shot off the cross bar to bundle the ball home.
Dead ball specialist Noah Abich put the icing on the cake for the coastal lads in added time with his trademark free kick from outside the box.
Chemelil Sugar 2-0 Nakumatt (Chemelil Sports Complex)
Chemelil got their breakthrough in the 56th minute through Collins Netto who tapped in a cross from Apollo Otieno.
Netto doubled his tally and the team’s lead just three minutes later making the most of a spillage by Nakumatt custodian Sammy Okinda.
The sugar millers were reduced to ten men in the 80th minute after defender Kennedy Odhiambo was sent off for a second yellow card.
A brief heavy down pour in the first half caused a delay with the start of the second half as the referee allowed time for the water to drain off the playing surface.
Tusker 1-0 Mathare United (Ruaraka Ground)
Second half substitute Danson Kago created the brewers’ defining moment of this encounter when he crossed to veteran defender Lloyd Wahome who buried the ball in the net.
This was Tusker’s second win in a row after a torrid recent period where they went four matches without victory. It is a timely confidence booster for the brewers ahead of their next assignment against table leaders Gor Mahia.
Nzoia Sugar 3-1 Muhoroni Youth (Sudi Stadium)
Luke Namanda sent Nzoia Sugar to an early lead with a long range effort that was just too hot for Muhoroni custodian Salim Sowedi to handle.
Lawrence Juma increased Nzoia’s tally to two in the 31st minute with a fantastic free kick before Maxwell Onyango, pulled a goal back for Muhoroni in the 78th minute.
Three minutes later Nzoia returned their two goal advantage when Victor Omondi finished off a cross from Lawrence Juma.
Posta Rangers 0-0 Ulinzi Stars (Thika Stadium)
It was an afternoon of missed chances by both teams.
Ulinzi, who ended Posta’s unbeaten run with a 1-0 win during the first leg played in May in Nakuru, have taken their tally to 37 points, same as the postmen who remain sixth on the SPL table with an inferior goal difference.
Posta Rangers and Ulinzi Stars have now drawn five times in ten SPL meetings.
Thika United 0-0 Gor Mahia (Thika United)
Gor Mahia’s run of scoring in seven consecutive matches came to a shuddering end in Thika.
Gor coach Dylan Kerr rang chances, reinstating award winning goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch on goal and right back Karim Nizigiyimana, while Ernest Wendo who missed the last match against Chemelil Sugar due to illness, returned to the starting lineup.
Thika United adopted a decidedly negative approach to the game, starting with six defensive players – the game plan obvious.
The hosts started quite well though, and Shami Kibwana found the back of the net on 30 minutes only for his goal to be disallowed for offside.
At the stroke of half time, Meddie Kagere suffered the same fate as Kibwana when he headed the ball into the net at close range but was ruled offside.
Western Stima 1-2 Sony Sugar (Moi Stadium)
Sony grabbed the lead in the 24th minute though Congolese Mwana Yema who won a loose ball inside the box and slotted it past goalkeeper Samuel “Abawa” Odhiambo.
Western Stima levelled matters in the 31st minute through Richard Achema after he was teed up by Dan Masinde.
Yema entered the score sheet a second time in the 75th minute with a brilliant header that evaded the arms of Stima goalkeeper Odhiambo for the game’s winner.