Men’s Hockey Review: Twin Wins Elevate Jaguars To Safety, Police Back On Track

Western Jaguars earned themselves a pole position to remain in top flight league following two crucial wins this weekend in the Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) men’s Premier League.

On Saturday at the City Park Stadium, Jaguars kicked off their weekend with a 3-0 blanking of Sikh Union Nairobi. Goals from Adan Ayuku, Kevin Machindi and Brian Onditi gave the visitors the crucial win in the top-flight encounter.

They then came head-on with Strathmore University Gladiators at the same venue on Sunday, overcoming them 2-0 in an exciting clash.

Wayne Kipkorir opened account for Jaguars five minutes into the game after converting Willis Malesi’s short corner to show result of the skillful runs and constant attacks that his side had been executing.

Strathmore then sought immediate response and an equalizer almost came  a minute later, but Jaguars’ shot stopper Gilbert Okanga did well to stop an effort from Festus Onyango.

In the 22nd minute,  Wayne Kipkorir once again showed his importance with his second goal of the day following nice exchange of passes with Mike Malungu. The Western-based side were able to hold on to their lead till the final whistle for a hard-fought victory.

The win takes Jaguars four places up the table standings to 9th with 27 points and are all but assured of a spot in next year’s top flight hockey.

Police back to winning ways

League leaders Kenya Police recovered from their 1-0 defeat to Western Jaguars by seeing off Greensharks 2-1 at the City Park Stadium on Sunday December 10, 2017.

Greensharks drew first blood through the usual scorer Chris Wokila in the sixth minute, the Kenyan international finishing off a well-orchestrated move from their backline.

 Police however staged a perfect comeback to avoid a second successive defeat with goals from Amos Barkibir and Calvins Kanu handing them their 21st win of the season.

The victory takes their point tally to 64, 13 ahead of second placed Butali Sugar Warriors.

In other weekend matches, Nakuru condemned Parklands Sports Club to a 3-0 defeat on Saturday as Wazalendo Youth whitewashed bottom placed Karate Axiom 4-0 in a Pool B National Men’s League match. 

 

 

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