Parklands hold Butali Sugar Warriors

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Jul 24, 2017
  • Butali Warriors captain Kenneth Nyongesa in contention for the ball with Boniface Ndombi of PSC. (Photo by Alvin Wesonga)

Former champions Butali Sugar Warriors were held to a 1-1 draw by Parklands Sports Club in a Kenya Hockey Union men's Premier League match played at the City Park Stadium on Sunday reports Alvin Wesonga.

This is only the third win for PSC who have now drawn four matches and lost six.

On Sunday, Butali were slow off the starting blocks and conceded in the sixth minute when Parklands Sports Club forward Allan Odongo deflected a Fredrick Okeyo's pinpoint pass past the unstable Butali backline.

The millers responded through Kenyan International Maxwell Fuchaka who combined well with Constant Wakhura' in the midfield.

It was the solid PSC defense which frustrated Butali's forwards. In the last minute of the first quarter Cyprian Mushiyi the PSC defender notably saved a Vincent Odhiambo pass which was goal bound past shot stopper Farhad Shire.

The Parklands-based side were quick on building up attacks but forward Newton Chimula appeared wasteful. His striking counterpart and goal scorer Odongo was injured in the second quarter.

Level at half time

At half time it was all level in the tough contested match. Butali  the came back in the second half with increased urgency. Peter Nyambura failed to utilize Derrick Kuloba's pass.

The millers maintained their relentless attack but were unable to penetrate a resilient PSC backline marshalled by Oscar Mbuka.

The PSC offensive play was equally strong as they kept knocking on Butali's defense keeping them on the move with skipper Kenneth Nyongesa at his best.

PSC continued to close in but missed a chance in the 54th minute after Erick Odendo failed to tap in a Daniel Aredha's pass, past shot stopper Pius Rotari.

On the other end, Shire was at his best with multiple saves to deny the millers a comeback goal the match ending in a 1-1 draw.

In another mens’ Premier League match in Kakamega, Western Jaguars held visiting Sikh Union, Nairobi to a barren draw.

In the women’s Premier League, third-placed USIU-A overran the University of Nairobi 6-0. Kenyan International Rhoda Kuira scored a hattrick as they maintained the third position at the end of the first leg.

UoN had no substitutes for this match.

Chase Amira's coach, Lynette Onyango led her side to a 3-1 win over her former side Sliders.

Results

Sunday

Premier Men

Parklands Sports Club 1 Butali Sugar Warriors 1, Western Jaguars 0 Sikh Union, Nairobi 0.

Women

USIU-A 6 UoN 0, Chase Amira 3 Sliders 1

National league men

JKUAT 0 Dedan Kimathi University 1