An Avalanche Of Goals From The Weekend Hockey Action

Susan Oketch scored four goals against MMU for a comfortable 12-1 win in a Kenya Hockey Union women’s Premier League match played at the City Park Stadium. MMU who were returning to the league after three years were barely in contention with Lorraine Nondi and Mitchelle Mobye adding two goals each in the one-sided match.

Other goal scorers were Yvette Kanyandong, Margaret Macharia, Leah Omwando and Pauline Naise. This was the first win for Chase Amira after losing their opening match to Telkom Orange last weekend.

Esther Chamchui scored the consolation goal for the students in a match that they offered little challenge to a dominant Chase Amira. Lynette Onyango, the Chase Amira coach was happy because the players followed match instructions and converted almost all the chances.

“It was a good game. The girls played to their ability and worked hard throughout the match. Even though we dominated them and they never looked threatening,” Onyango said after the match.

Her MMU counterpart Vincent Mutembei blamed the loss to panic and lack of concentration from his players.

“We were never going to win with how we started. We panicked from the onset and let the opponents dictate the match. We didn’t challenge them throughout the match. We will go out and work on the mistakes and hoping that we will put on a good show come the next match, ” MMU coach told Sports News Arena.

Having gone down by three goals to defending champions Telkom Orange in the first match three weeks ago, Amira were determined to make amends. They did, against a side returning to the league after three years.

The floodgate of goals opened as early as in the the second minute when Kanyandong capitalized on a defensive error to fire past MMU goal keeper Faith Morei. It was 2-0 after 12 minutes when Oketch slotted her first. Four more goals were to follow in a disastrous half as Chase Amira took a healthy 6-0 at the break.

The goals continued five minutes after the break with Morei getting her name on the score sheet after a nice pass by Naise. Chamchui scored the lone goal in the, 48th minute off a rebound after Amira keeper Rachel Kerubo had saved a hard Rachel Ndutos shot.

In the men’s Premier League, Clayson Luvanda scored a 64th minute equalizer as Strathmore University salvaged a 1-1 draw against Western Jaguars in Kakamega. 

Western Jaguars now have four points from three matches, more than their overall tally of last season. Ian Baron had opened the scoring for the home side in the 11th minute as they played in the unfamiliar grass surfaced-pitch.

In the National League, Park Road Tigers bounced back from a humiliating 0-5 loss to Thika Rovers as Cyrus Kanyi’s brace helped them to a 3-1 win over Daystar University.

Kanyi was on target after converting a penalty corner in the 17th minute before Lewis Momanyi doubled their lead five minutes later. Malcolm Brent pulled a goal back for the students in the 53rd minute before Kanyi’s last minute strike put the result beyond doubt. 

Multiple league champions Telkom Orange are unlikely to relinquish the title any time soon. On Sunday, they overran United States International University of Africa (USIU-A) Spartans 10-0 at the City Park Stadium on Sunday.

In this match, veteran striker Jackline Mwangi sparkled. She is in no mood of letting the younger players hog the headlines after scoring three goals. Maureen Okumu, Barbara Simiyu, and Caroline Guchu netted a brace each with former captain Betsy Omalla sounding the board once. 

Telkom Orange who are chasing their 20th league title were dominant from the word go and hardly gave the students any breathing space. Any move that the students made in order to get to their opponents D was stopped. The counter attacks produced goals.

Telkom Orange defense trio of Lucy Wangeci, Terry Juma and Flavian Mutiva had an easy time.  They were hardly tested. Simiyu opened the scoring in the second minute when she caught USIU-A defenders on the wrong foot  to slot past keeper Nouvelle Becca.

After the opener, the students managed to hold on for 10 minutes by playing defensively. But their game plan only lasted until the 13th minute when Okumu ran past three players to score the second goal.

With two goals down, USIU-A were forced into chasing the match but the experience in the Telkom Orange team made it difficult to even get closer to the D.

They were kept at bay easily and most of the first half was played in the opponent’s half. Another lapse in the USIU-A defence saw Omalla score the third goal in the 26th minute.

Three minutes later, the African champions were back in the student’s D this time through a short corner that was brilliantly slotted in by Guchu for a 4-0 scoreline. Guchu was on target once again three minutes later.

On resumption Telkom Orange intensified their goal hunt. Their efforts paid off in the 44th minute when Okumu scored a field goal to complete her brace. Mwangi finally put her name on the score sheet in the 51st minute when she beat Becca in goal with a ferocious shot after being put through by Guchu.

Two minutes later, Mwangi converted a penalty corner to stretch the lead 8-0. Simiyu scored her second and ninth for Telkom Orange in the 54th minute through a penalty stroke before Mwangi hit her hat-trick seven minutes to time.

In another match, Strathmore University Scorpions beat newly promoted University of Nairobi 5-1. Strathmore took the lead in the 18th minute through Elizabeth Ngumbo before UoN equalized 10 minutes later through Mercy Terer. Nancy Wanjue scored a brace in span of four minutes in the second half to give Strathmore a 3-1 lead with 18 minutes to play. Gilly Okumu wound up a good day in office for Meshack Senge’s side with a brace in the 62nd and 64th minutes. In the men’s Premier League, Alex Kubasu scored with five minutes to play to hand Green Sharks a 1-0 win over Park Road Badgers.

Former champions Kenya Police were also victorious over Chase Sailors thanks to two second half goals from Amos Bakrir and Brian Saina.

Results

Saturday

Men: Premier League- Nakuru Athletic Club 0 Wazalendo 2-Nakuru, Western Jaguars 1 Strathmore University 1-Kakamega National League- Park Road Tigers 3 Daystar University 1, Kabarak University 0 Wazalendo Youth 0

Women: Chase Amira 12 Multimedia University 1

 

Sunday

Telkom Orange 10 USIU-A Spartans 0, Strathmore University Scorpions 5 Univesity of Nairobi 1 (Women’s National League), Green Sharks 1 Park Road Badgers 0, Kenya Police 2 Chase Sailors 0 (Men’s Premier League).

Report: Sports News Arena

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