On form Jesse Were fires Tusker to third

By alex wafula
Jul 24, 2015
  • Jesse Were scored his third hattrick against Thika United at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. He has a season tally of 19 goals. (SNA File Photo)

He is the man of the moment. Three hatricks in a row and Jesse Were has placed himself to break the KPL 20-goal mark for the first time since 2007.

Were hit three, taking his season tally to 19 goals as Tusker FC convincingly beat Thika United 4-0 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos to move to third on the KPL log.

The brewers have been in a sizzling form since the start of the second leg and Francis Kimanzi is slowly proving the naysayers wrong. He was under intense  intensel pressure in June after Tusker’s poor first leg performance with some quarters calling for his sacking.

But, he has coiled his side into an unbeatable machine, a goal scoring haven and seems unwilling to stop anytime soon. Thika FC went into this match at the backdrop of three losses in a row and were up against Tusker, a team that had scored five goals in each of their last two matches.

After a balanced opening minutes where Thika time and again threatened to score, Tusker opened the scores in the 25th minute, Jesse Were converting from the penalty spot. The Brewers were given a penalty after Kevin Kimani was pulled back by Simon Mbugua inside the box while going for goal.

Four minutes later, Were was smiling with the net again with a well taken shot after being put through by Humphrey Mieno after Kago had fed him from his daunting run on the right.

With a two goal cushion, Tusker were comfortable on and off the ball with Thika left to chase the shadows. Thika managed to squeeze in a chance after 36 minutes, Kenedy Otieno seeing his shot hit the side netting after doing well to shake off his markers.

Ray Omondi, Thika’s top scorer had been kept silent all evening but managed a meek shot in the 43rd minute which was however saved by Dancun Ochieng.

Put up two solid performances

The experienced keeper is making his second appearance in goal for the Brewers after recovering from an injury and has put up two solid performances.

Within ten minutes of the second half, Tusker were already done with the day’s business. Danson Kago scored the third in the 51st minute. Were completed his hatrick in the 54th minute finishing off a Noah Wafula cross.

Despite a late surge by Thika, Tusker could not relent on their lead as they continued their resurgence.

Earlier on, Ushuru and Western Stima had played to a two-all draw in another exciting match. It was Ushuru who got into the lead early, Moses Arita tapping home from close range in the 19th minute.

Stima goalkeeper Gabriel Andika had done well to save Arita’s header from Collins Kisuya’s cross but Arita managed to latch on to the rebound and slot home.

However, the lead lasted only two minutes as Baron Okech headed in unmarked at the near post. Henry Omino’s boys found themselves in the lead at the half hour mark, John Kiplagat with a sliding effort on the right connecting to Shafik Batambuze’s dipping cross.

Stima managed to hold on for a 2-1 half time lead.

Ushuru came back from the breather with renewed vigor with Allan Kateregga being pulled out for Kennedy Oduor. Arita completed his double in the 66th minute with a powerful shot that brushed the inside of the crossbar before finding its way into the net.

Ken Kenyatta’s men threw more effort to look for a winner but poor finishing coupled by Gabriel Andika’s alertness at goal ensured Stima head back to Kakamega with at least a point.

KPL results; Ushuru 2 Western Stima 2, Tusker 4 Thika United 0.

Fixtures; Sunday; Muhoroni Youth v Ulinzi Stars (Muhoroni), Bandari v Sofapaka (Mombasa), City Stars v Chemelil (Machakos), KCB v Mathare United (City Stadium) Monday; Sony Sugar v AFC Leopards (Awendo).