Jepchumba's brace steers Sliders to second spot

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Apr 19, 2016
  • Nancy Jepchumba leads celebrations after scoring one of the goals for Sliders against Mombasa Sports Club at the City Park Stadium. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Sliders booked a place in this year’s Africa Club Championships after convincngly beating Mombasa Sports Club 5-0 win in a Kenya Hockey Union women’s national league match at the City Park Stadium on Sunday.

As a result, Sliders finished the 2015-16 KHU season with 41 points, one more than third-placed Strathmore University. Telkom Orange finished the season on 54 points.

In ths match, Nancy Chepchumba’s brace (39 and 48th minutes), Dorsillah Agunda (35th minute), Njeri Kariuki (54th minute) and Doris Kirui (68th minute) goals saw Sliders qualify without breaking too much sweat.

After being held goalless for the better part of the match, veteran Agunda scored the first goal in the  35th minute for a 1-0 score line at half time.

Chepchumba made it 3-0 with a brace in eight minutes before Kariuki scored the fourth. With two minutes left, Sliders cemented their win with a fifth goal by Kirui.

In the men’s Premier league, Butali Sugar Warriors and Park Road registered wins in their second matches of the weekend after failing to do that on Saturday.

Butali were held 2-2 by Kenya Police on Saturday and needed to beat Wazalendo to enhance their chances of retaining. They did by winning 2-0. Park Road who were went down 2-1 to Wazalendo on Saturday beat Mombasa Sports Club 4-1.

In the match between Butali and Wazalendo, Zack Aura scored his third goal of the weekend in the 28th minute before Maxwell Fuchaka doubled the lead in the 49th.

Paul Ogumbe was on target twice as Park Road inflicted the 21st loss to MSC. Phillip Omunyin gave Park Road the lead in the 10th minute before Ogumbe doubled the lead 13 minutes later.

Andrew Kamau made it 3-0 at halftime with the third goal four minutes later. MSC pulled one back in the 51st minute through their captain Simon Adaka. Ogumbe made it 4-1 with 10 minutes to the end if the match. .

Conceded no short corner

On Saturday, for over 60 minutes, neither Butali Sugar Warriors nor Kenya Police conceded a short corner. They punctuated the last stages of the match and determined the result.

Of the six short corners that were taken in the last 15 minutes of the match that attracted a big crowd,  three goals were scored as the match ended 2-2. Two short corner goals from Police’s only short corners of the match cancelled out Zack Aura’s brilliant performance.

After going down 1-0 at half timeby a goal from Aura, Police leveled the match with eight minutes to go from their first short corner of the match. With two minutes to go, Aura once again put Butali ahead off their fourth short corner in eight minutes but the goal was cancelled seconds later from Police’s second short corner of the match.

“After scoring the second goal, our minds were on the clock and we never thought that anything can happen. We defended poorly on short corners and we ended up being punished for that in a match that we controlled from the first whistle,” Butali coach Cliff Okello told Sports News Arena after the match.

With only four points separating the two teams at the top of the table, both sides were cautious. Playing without regulars Seth Oburu and Frank Wanangwe, Butali were the first to be tested by Police forwards as early as the second minute when James Munyi’s deflection off Richard Birir hit the side board.

Two minutes later, Aura finished off a cross from Vincent Odhiambo with a hard hit on the top of the circle to give the defending champions a 1-0 lead. But, Police opted to remain behind and probably wait for a counter attack.

This tactic did not stop Butali from making more raids and they could have been 2-0 up had Barnabas Odhiambo’s shot not missed the target by a whisker in the ninth minute. A minute later, Police goal keeper Martin Agesa had to be called in to save a goal bound shot from Aura after some good work from Robert Amadi and Barnabas Odhiambo.

In the 15th minute Butali fans once again saw another chance go to waste when Vincent Odhiambo’s shot went wide with Agesa well beaten. Police held back and didn’t threaten Evanson Ngoya in goal as they went for the break with Butali holding on their lead.

Just as it was the case in the first half, Police were the first once to get a scoring chance in the second half but Saidi Okwemba cleared Nelson Ochieng’s tap with the keeper left for the dead five minutes into the half.

Outpaced five Police players

Two minutes later, Barnabas Odhiambo wasted another chance when he was put on by Aura who had just deflected a pass from Police defender few meters from the circle. Aura was at it four minutes later when he alongside William Oketch and Billy Molla outpaced almost five Police players but the final shot from Molla went wide.

The first short corner of the match came up in the 60th minute but Butali failed to convert. This short corner resulted in two consecutive short corners which didn’t yield any result to Butali.

Two minutes later, Police got their first short corner of the match which resulted into an equalizer. Samuel Wokila beat Ngoya in goal with a low drive that passed between his hands.

Butali intensified their attack in search of a second goal and with two minutes to play, they got their fourth short corner and Aura used his vast experience to beat three surging defenders before sounding the board to put his side 2-1 up.

But as Police began the match, they got into Butali’s circle and managed to force a short corner which Brian Saina exploited on Butali’s laxity to level the scores with less than 20 seconds to the final buzzer.

Aura was delighted with how he played but said the end was not what he wished for as they ended the match two points less of what they expected. “We played well but we didn’t achieve our target. We are looking at putting on good show on Sunday,” Aura said.

Police coach Kenneth Kaunda was happy with the results. He praised his players for never giving up despite Butali’s dominance.

In other premier league match, Wazalendo beat Park Road 2-1 thanks to goals from Peter Mulati and Bernard Kubasu in the 15th and 26th minutes. Collins Cheloti pulled one back for Park Road in the 27th minute.

In the women’s action, Telkom Orange who have already retained the title convincingly beat Daystar University 16-0. Barbara Simiyu scored five goals with Lillian Aura adding on four more goals. Vikings also registered victory with a 3-0 win over Mombasa Sports Club.

Results

Saturday, April 16: Telkom Orange 16 Daystar University 0, Vikings 3 MSC 0 (women), Wazalendo 2 Park Road 1, Kenya Police 2 Butali Sugar Warriors 2 (men's Premier League).

Sunday, April 17: Sliders 5 Mombasa Sports Club 0 (women), Impala 2 Park Road Tigers 1 (men’s national), Park Road 4 Mombasa Sports Club 1, Butali Sugar Warriors 2 Wazalendo 0 (men's Premier League).