Kinyua goal steers JKUAT to second spot on KHU log

By ronnie evans
May 14, 2017
  • Vikings are struggling in the KHU women's Premier League. They were beaten 1-0 by JKUAT on Saturday. (SNA. File Photo)

Substitute Ivy Kinyua was on target in a 1-0 win as Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology inflicted the fouth straight defeat to Vikings in the Kenya Hockey Union women's Premier League at the City Park Stadium on Saturday.

Kinyua converted a penalty corner delivered by Lesley Bonyo in the 26th minute as the students moved back to the second spot on the log with 12 points, six behind defending champions Telkom Orange.

JKUAT and Telkom Orange are the only unbeaten sides in the 11-team log.

After the defeat, Mary Aran, the Vikings team manager urged her players to turn the tide around.

"We have struggled this season because some players have been unavailable while some key ones have been absent due to injury. Also, we have not put away some teams when had chances to do so," Aran stated.

"It was a good team win as we played a group of experienced players. Scoring first was critical for us because it enabled the players to settle more into the match,” Samwel Oungo, the JKUAT coach said.

Absence of Okoth

Vikings' key loss has been towering defender Carol Okoth who was injured during their match against Telkom Orange where she lost a tooth after a tackle.

Her absence has seen the side struggle defensively against the youthful and fast-paced students.

In a late kick off, captain Willis Malesi converted a last minute penalty corner to rescue Western Jaguars from the jaws of defeat. They drew 2-2 draw against Chase Sailors in a pulsating men's Premier League.

Chase Sailors led by technically gifted forward George Mutira threatened early. Western Jaguars goalkeeper Gilbert Okanga twice denied Mutira in the first half to keep the scores level at half time.

The Kakamega based-side fell behind in the 42nd minute when Titus Ngolia converted a penalty corner with a crisp which beat Okanga at the far post.

The goal ignited Western Jaguars' offence to life as they searched for an equaliser. They replied three minutes later through Mark Mutua who was given time and space to steady himself for a low shot that beat goalkeeper Collins Asimba.

Chase Sailors moved one place up by overtaking Sikh Union, Nairobi to sixth on nine points.

Last twist

Mutira's goal with two minutes to the end, his fourth of the season, appeared to have sealed the three points but there was one last twist.

Malesi expertly controlled the ball from a penalty corner, before slamming past Asimba to share the spoils.

In the men's National League, Kisumu-based Youngstars came from behind to beat Wazalendo Youth 2-1 to move to second in Pool B with 12 points.

Trevin Ogolla sounded the board in the 42nd minute for Wazalendo Youth. Eddie Newton restored parity for Youngstars four minutes later when cooly slotted a penalty stroke.

Brian Kiptum completed the turn around in the 52nd minute.  

The victors have now won all their four matches and only trail league leaders Bay Club who have played a one match more.

Wazalendo Youth have had a poor start in the second tier league after declining promotion to the top flight. They have won only one of their last five matches and lost two on the trot.

Results

Saturday: Vikings 0 Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology 1 - Premier League Women; Wazalendo Youth 1 Youngstars 2 - National League; Strathmore University 0 USIU-A 0, Chase Sailors 2 Western Jaguars 2 - Premier League Men.

Fixtures Sunday: Kenya Police v Western Jaguars (9 a.m.) Sikh Union, Nairobi v Butali Sugar Warriors (3 p.m.), Kenya College of Accountancy-University v Technical University of Kenya (5 p.m.) - Premier League Men; Multimedia University v Youngstars (11 a.m.) - National League; Strathmore University v Sliders (1 p.m.) - Premier League Women.