Source: Daily Nation
Strathmore University's Scorpions on Saturday thrashed Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) 6-0 in a Kenya Hockey Union women’s National League match at City Park Stadium, Nairobi. Two goals each from skipper Carol Njoki and Angela Mayaka set the university side on their way before further strikes from Ruth Adhiambo and Mitchell Achieng gave Scorpions the bragging rights in the derby.
The win delighted Scorpions coach Meshack Senge who called on his team to continue with their consistency till the end of the season. “It is our second successive win and we are pleased with how we have started this year. We now need to build on this result,” Senge said. “The early goal allowed us to settle into the match and I thought we played some brilliant hockey noting the number of players we are missing.”
In the absence of the team’s top scorer Gilly Okumu, Senge handed starts to new signings Cassandra Dacha and Mitchell Achieng. Defender Angela Mayaka opened the scoring for last season’s runners up after finishing off Njoki’s penalty corner in the seventh minute.
Scorpions pressed home their advantage and doubled their lead in the 20th minute when Mayaka returned the favour to set up Njoki whose first–time shot inside the JKUAT penalty circle sailed past keeper Emmah Aroni.
Scorpions pressed forward in search of more goals and were rewarded, hitting two goals in two minutes to extend their lead. Achieng justified her selection by sounding the boards with a deflected shot before Mayaka got her second of the game, finishing off another penalty corner as her team took a 4-0 lead at the break.
JKUAT improved on restart, launching several attacks of their own but the Scorpions’ defence marshalled by Mayaka and Elizabeth Ngombo stood firm. Ruth Adhiambo made it five for the home side after 50 minutes through another field goal, her first for the club.
There was still time for Njoki to add a final goal after she was set up by Kenya international Yvonne Karanja. Scorpions won the first leg encounter 9-0 last year. “We gave them too much room to play and were a bit timid and casual in possession. “We also need to utilise the chances we create,” JKUAT coach Hassan Chepkos said.