Champs Strathmore University end losing streak, beat Green Sharks

By ronnie evans
Jun 12, 2017
  • Green Sharks were tamed by Strathmore University but still retain the second slot in the KHU men's Premier league. (SNA. File Photo)

Defending champions Strathmore University won their first match since the opening week in March after defeating Green Sharks 3-1 in a Kenya Hockey Union men's Premier League match on Saturday evening.

This late kick off tie which was played at the the City Park Stadium saw the students snap an eight match winless run of four wins and four defeats​.

The positive result also propelled them from 12th to eighth on the log with 10 points.

Meshack Senge, the Strathmore University coach made some structural adjustments to his squad following that dark spell.

He restored faith in second choice goalkeeper Simon Odhiambo while dependable defender Franklin Obare, who missed a few matches started the match. After some early pressing by both sides, Strathmore University were handed a lifeline.

Substitute Benson Ochieng duly stepped off the bench to convert a penalty stroke with finesse in the 19th minute.

Clinical Onyango

Goal poacher Festus Onyango who has always been clinical in front of goal fired home the second goal in the 28th minute after he was on hand to convert a penalty corner. He notched his fifth goal of the campaign in the 46th minute for the more aggressive side.

Resolute defending, a factor that the students lacked all season enabled them to hold on to the lead.

Green Sharks had a late consolation goal in the 54th minute but it did little to change theoutcome of the match.

They remain second on 23 points and trail leaders Kenya Police by eight points.

On Sunday, Collins Omachi scored a hat trick could not inspire Western Jaguars as they went down 3-5 to the league resurgent side Wazalendo.

Wazalendo took the lead after only five minutes when Matthew Mutiso struck with a crisp shot from three metres out. Omachi struck with their first chance if the match when he converted a penalty corner in the eighth minute.

Joseph Ndegwa, who was on the field for only a minute made it 2-1 in the 17th minute for Wazalendo. Mutiso was unmarked in the 29th minute as his backhand shot flew into the net.

Francis Shikaku and Erick Ochieng added further field goals in the 30th minute for a healthy lead. Two late goals by Omachi reduced the deficit but they remained on the back foot in the end.

“The second quarter performance was strong as we got three goals which made us play with calmness. The defence was shaky in the final quarter but the win is the most important,” Wazalendo coach Fidelis Kimanzi said.

Poor defending costs Western Jaguars

“We are disappointed to head back without a point. Poor defending cost us both matches so we will have to regroup,” Western Jaguars coach Mike Malungu said.

Wazalendo remain fourth on 22 points, level on points with Butali Sugar but are behind on goal difference. However, they have played three matches more.

Western Jaguars lost 2-3 to Technical University of Kenya that took the students momentarily out of the bottom.

In the women's Premier League, Vikings’ resurgence continued after a tactical 2-0 win over University of Nairobi. It was only their third win of the season in eight matches for the league regulars.

Charity Juma opened the scoring in the 28th minute before Ann Munita rounded up the scoring in the 53rd minute to enable the side to leapfrog Sliders to sixth on nine points.

Weekend Results

Saturday: United States International University-Africa 9 Multimedia University 0 - Premier League Women; Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology 3 Kabarak University 1, Multimedia University 6 Dedan Kimathi University 1 - National League; Technical University of Kenya 3 Western Jaguars 2, Strathmore University 3 Green Sharks 1 - Premier League Men.

Sunday: Wazalendo 5 Western Jaguars 3, Kenyatta University 0 Parklands Sports Club 1 - Premier League Men; Karate Axiom 0 Kabarak University 4, Multimedia University 6 University of Nairobi 2 - National League; Vikings 2 University of Nairobi 0 - Premier League Women.