Ommala scores her first season hattrick for Telkom Orange

By ronnie evans
Jun 17, 2017
  • Betsy Ommala scored her first hattrick of the season against Multimedia University on Saturday. (SNA. File Photo)

Defending champions Telkom Orange, without the services of three starters, still picked apart Multimedia University in their 11-0 win in a one-sided Kenya Hockey Union women's Premier League match at the City Park Stadium on Saturday.

For the first time this season, Telkom Orange played an entire match without star forward Jackline Mwangi, Kenyan international midfielders Lilian Aura and Barbara Simiyu.

This forced assistant coach Josephine Ataro to shuffle the pack against the students.

However, the 19-time record Kenyan champions were clinical from set pieces which contributed to more than half of their total goal tally.

The students had no answers for Telkom Orange's onslaught from penalty corners.

“I am pleased because the girls converted the set pieces because that was our area of focus in training. They did not give us any headaches. We March on in our bid to finish unbeaten,” Ataro said.

Betsy Ommala was the star performer, capitalising on poor defending as she grabbed her first hat trick of the season. She converted three penalty corners in the seventh, 37th and 48th minutes.

Audrey Omaido rushed to the top of the league scoring chart as her brace moved her past Mwangi on 14 goals. She converted from penalty corners in the seventh and 13th minutes.

Central defender Terry Juma made her way forward to also slot home Omaido's well taken set piece in the 11th minute.

Impressive first half

The victors had an impressive first half as Jane Ofula also had a bite of the cherry to make it 5-0 in the 21st minute after being released by Maureen Okumu.

Openda had the luxury of bringing on substitute goalkeeper Ruth Njoki for the untroubled Cynthia Onyango to see off the final 30 minutes.

Caroline Guchu and speedy Okumu's brace in the final 17 minutes piled further misery on MMU who suffered a second straight heavy defeat in succession.

The students were dispatched 9-0 by United States International University-Africa last weekend.

The win ensured that the league leaders (27 points) create a six-point lead on USIU-A.

In the men’s Premier League, Erick Aywe scored with a crisp shot with five minutes on the clock as Nakuru Athletic Club stunned Chase Sailors 2-1. They face Parklands Sports Club on Sunday before travelling back.

The win enabled the Nakuru-based side to move up by six places to sixth on 11 points, ahead of Kenyatta University on goal difference.

“It was a crucial win which gives us a massive boost in confidence heading into our next match. We are now in a position to look for all the points on offer,” NAC coach Tony Agesa said.

Mugaisi opened scoring

In this match, the evergreen Dolcan Mugaisi opened the scoring for NAC in the 18th minute from close range after a fluid passing move.

Chase Sailors pressed hard for an equaliser and duly rewarded in the 38th minute when Ammon Esese finished off a counter attacking move.

NAC showed great resilience in their pursuit of a winner. Aywe popped up at the far post in the 55th minute to break the Chase Sailors hearts.

Selected Results

Saturday: Telkom Orange 11 Multimedia University 0 - Premier League Women; Multimedia University 6 Karate Axiom 1 - National League; Chase Sailors 1 Nakuru Athletic Club 2 - Premier League Men.

Fixtures

Sunday: Sliders v Multimedia University (1 p.m.) - Premier League Women; Gorilla v Mombasa Sports Club (9 a.m.), Thika Rovers v Daystar University (3 p.m.) - National League; Western Jaguars v Park Road Badgers (9 a.m, Kakamega), Parklands Sports​ Club v Nakuru Athletic Club (11 a.m.), Kenya Police v United States International University-Africa (5 p.m.) - Premier League Men.