Formality win for Telkom Orange against JKUAT

By ronnie evans
Jun 04, 2017
  • JKUAT Lesley Bonyo battles with Telkom Orange Racheal Ousa. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Telkom Orange Barbara Simiyu in action against JKUAT. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Josephine Ataro, an assistant coach at Telkom Orange drives a point home to her charges. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Defending champions Telkom Orange stretched their lead on top of the Kenya Hockey Union women's Premier League after a formality 6-0 win over Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology on Sunday.

The match which was played at the City Park Stadium saw Telkom Orange coaches make some changes as intimated to SNA earlier last week in a squad rotation move to keep players fresh while also giving a chance to the reserves.

First choice goalkeeper Cynthia Onyango was rested with Ruth Njoki taking the helm and Alice Wanjiku drafted in as her substitute.

Glen Namasake also got into the starting lineup in the absence of dependable defender Terry Juma.

In this match, what was more intriguing is what is turning out to be a fierce battle for the top scorers gong.

Forwards Jackline Mwangi and Audrey Omaido were each on target as they are joint league top scorers with 12 goals a piece.

Omaido opened the scoring in the sixth minute to settle the nerves after a dominating display of hockey.

Mwangi doubled their lead two minutes later with a crisp shot after a swift passing move.

JKUAT were chasing shadows as defender Flavia Mutiva made her usual forays forward and got the third goal in the 26th minute.

Further converted penalty corners by Omaido (41st), Betsy Ommala (51st) and Mutiva (57th minute) completed the rout.

“We were comfortable throughout the match and easily exploited their defence. I feel that we should have had more goals but we are happy with win. Also I am pleased that we still have not conceded this season,” Telkom Orange assistant coach Josephine Ataro said.

The win ensured that Telkom Orange secured a six point lead over United States International University-Africa who are on 18 points and in the process​ maintain their 100 percent win rate.

They have scored 50 goals in just eight matches.

KU bounce back

In a another women's match, Kenyatta​ University snapped a three match losing streak when they came from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Sliders.

Sliders, fresh from a 0-8 mid-week humiliation at the hands of Telkom Orange forged ahead in the fifth minute through substitute Christine Nabuune who reacted quickest to slot home from close range at the turn.

Gloria Juma found the equaliser 10 minutes later which turned out to be decisive goal. The students remain in eighth position on five points. Sliders on the other hand are sixth on eight points.

In the men’s Premier League, Sikh Union Nairobi converted three penalty corners en route to a resounding 5-0 win over Parklands Sports Club.

Wilson Otieno converted their first in the third minute before Allan Iningu’s strike from a well worked penalty corner in the 19th minute doubled their lead.

Davis Wanangwe completed their set piece magic in the 52nd minute. The other two goals were field goals scored by Collins Wanjala (31st minute) and Jaspreet Kalsi (49th minute).

The win moves 2012 champions Sikh Union, Nairobi from eighth to fifth on the log. PSC remain winless and in nine matches as this was their sixth loss of the season.

They lie 14th which is just a spot above bottom side Technical University of Kenya on three points.

Weekend Results

Saturday: Vikings 1 Multimedia University 0, Chase Amira 0 USIU-A 2, Mombasa Sports Club 0 Strathmore University 3 - Premier League Women; Nakuru 0 Sikh Union, Nairobi 0, Western Jaguars 1 Kenyatta University 1, Butali Warriors 3 Park Road Badgers 0, Green Sharks 2 USIU-A 1 - Premier League Men.

Sunday: Telkom Orange 6 Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology 0, Kenyatta University 1 Sliders 1 - Premier League Women; Sikh Union, Nairobi 5 Parklands Sports Club 0, Kenya College of Accountancy-University 2 Wazalendo 3 - Premier League Men.