Adimo’s Drop Goal Saves Quins Against KCB

Mar 05, 2011

Defending champions Kenya Harlequin FC pulled off a great escape courtesy of Isaac Adimo''s last gasp drop goal that saw them grab a narrow 23-22 victory from the jaws of defeat with a narrow 23-22 Enterprise quarter final win over Kenya Commercial Bank at the RFUEA grounds on saturday.  

This was another installment to the series of matches between these sides who have only been separated by six points or less in four league and cup assignments over the past two seasons.

Quins forced KCB into an error straight from kick off, winning a penalty that Peter Abuoga failed to put over. They were soon rewarded with a try when Sidney Ashioya beat a static KCB defence to score under the posts. Abuoga converted for a 7-0 lead. Abuoga scored the second try which he failed to convert as Quins led 12-0.

KCB overcame the slow start and forced their opponents in their own half. The pressure paid off when back row Maxwell Adaka barged ove. Fabian Olando missed the conversion as Quins led 12-5 at half time.

In the second half, KCB were quick off the starting blocks. They won a line out in their opponents five yard. KCB's maul  saw Anthony Ochino touch down. Olando missed this conversion as KCB were just two points behind at 12-10.

More KCB pressure saw Kenya Sevens stalwart Andrew Amonde take out four Quins defenders. From the ensuing ruck, Peter Mutai played in winger Calvins Biko who danced past four defenders to score under the posts. Olando's first successful conversion of the day saw KCB take a 17-12 lead for the first time.

Quins won a penalty twenty meters in front of the posts at a time when they looked dead and buried. Abuoga kept his cool to stroke it over, cutting the deficit to 17-15.

A hungrier KCB kept running at Quins and it was Amonde who went over for the third KCB try to stretch the lead 22-15. A late Anthony Ogot yellow card saw KCB cede advantage to Quins who were awarded a penalty try minutes from the end. Abuoga's conversion bounced off the posts with KCB leading a 22-20 lead.

Quins experience soon came to the fore when Adiomo's drop kick sailed over the posts, giving them a 23-22 lead that they held for a few more seconds.

Quins now meet Strathmore in the semis. Strathmore rallied from 0-5 to beat home side Nakuru RFC 12-5 . Edwin Makori scored a try for Nakuru in the sixth minute for a 5-0 leat at half time. Strathmore University won the match in the last eight minutes. Felix Ayange and Edwin Salamba scored a try each for Strathmore University in the 72nd and 79th minutes with Ken Andola adding one conversion. Nondies were 36-19 winners over Mwamba. They meet Impala who beat Mean Machine 38-19 in the other semi final.

Mwamba’s defeat finally brought to the fore problems which have been kept under wraps. Insiders who spoke to said all has not been well. Players have refused to train and even turn up for matches. The problem could be traced back to Kenya Cup when some of the players failed to travel to Nakuru.

With the semi-finals set for next weekend, it appears that the final could be between Impala and Quins.

Collated Enterprise Cup Results
Quins 23 KCB 22, Nakuru 5 Strathmore 12, Impala 56 Machine 19, Mwamba 19 Nondies 36
Mwamba Cup Results: KCB II 24 Mwamba II 18, Kisumu 22 Mean Machine 14


Additional reporting by Eric Odanga