There were two Kenya Hockey Union Premier League matches played this weekend at the City Park Stadium, with Vikings forcing Sliders to a 2-2 draw as league leaders Telkom Orange held on firmly to secure a 3-2 win over a tactical Strathmore University side.
Telkom vs Strathmore
Despite leading 3-0, Telkom Orange had to hold on strong in the dying minutes as Strathmore, who had returned two goals, fought hard to find an equalizer but were unlucky to get one.
Telkom had gone into the match with a record of victories in all their opening 13 matches which they had not conceded even a single goal and looked on course to make light work of the Students, Jacqueline Mwangi opening account for them in the 7th minute after she had been spotted by Lilian Aura from long range.
Following the goal, the match's pace then slowed down as both sides sought to cut out the opposite's possession and passes especially on both wings, Gilly Okumu proving a constant nightmare to the Telkom defense with her beautiful runs and pace.
Barbara Simiyu however doubled the lead for the leaders in the 26th minute, smashing the ball into the net after being teed up by teammate Glen Namajole who had foiled Scorpions' pass in their own half.
Barely ten minutes later, Telkom were 3-0 up courtesy of Barbara Simiyu's second goal that opened a healthy lead for her side as the match went into the break.
On resumption, it was all a Strathmore affair as the Students sought to offer replies and were rewarded in the 44th minute, Okumu's shot hitting the post to find Dennise Bila who hurriedly slotted in amid an increasing Telkom defense. The goal was the first for Telkom to concede since 24th July 2016.
Barbra Atigo then further reduced the deficit eight minutes later with a goal that set up an exciting finish to the encounter. Luck was however not on the hosts' side as they failed to notch an equalizer despite frantic efforts, with the match ending 3-2 in favor of Telkom.
Vikings vs Sliders
In an earlier match at the same venue, Sliders and Vikings played out 2-2 draw in a match that was largely a balanced affair.
Charity Miller took Sliders ahead in the 12th minute but her goal was cancelled out by Grace Onimbo's strike fourteen minutes. Aurelia then took Vikings up for the first time in the match in 42nd minute and just as the game seemed to be going to their direction, Slider's substitute Christine Mmbone stroke late on to force a 2-2 draw between the two sides.