Agunda brace halts Sliders' winless run

By ronnie evans
Jun 18, 2021
  • Anita Agunda struck twice as Sliders beat Multimedia University 4-0. (SNA. File Photo)

Anita Agunda struck twice as Sliders snapped up a four match winless run in their comfortable 4-0 victory over Multimedia University in a Kenya Hockey Union women's Premier League match at the City Park Stadium on Sunday.

The last time the self-sponsored side tasted victory was over a month ago in a 5-0 win over Mombasa Sports Club which was a walk over.

This result moves the side up by two spots to sixth on 11 points.

The students on the other hand capped off the weekend in further disappointed following their huge loss to Telkom Orange on Saturday. It is also their third match in succession to soak four goals or more without reply.

“We wanted a response from the players because we knew MMU had a lot of weaknesses in defence. After the second goal we were more relaxed and pressed them even further,” Sliders coach Felix Okoth said.

In this match, Sliders dominated proceedings and never looked troubled as MMU players appeared drained from their encounter with Telkom Orange.

Sliders looked threatening and it was only a matter of time before they took the lead. Agunda found their opener in the 12th minute after lovely link up play with the enterprising Charity Miller.​

Brilliant Morei

MMU goalkeeper Faith Morei did brilliantly to cut out several half chances from the opposition attack.

Morei could do nothing two minutes after the break when Agunda was left unguarded to nod home and double their lead.

That goal took the sting out of the MMU defence as Dorris Kirui finished off a passing move seven minutes later. Gertrude Nandwa rounded up the scoring in the final minute of the match.

“The players were exhausted because of the very tough match we had on Saturday against a top side. We could not cope today and it was just a matter of damage control,” MMU coach Vincent Odhiambo said.

In the men's Premier League, Nakuru Athletic Club recorded mixed results on the road this weekend as they lost 0-1 to Parklands Sports Club.

They won 2-1 against fancied Chase Sailors on Saturday but saw the tables turn in this particular instance.

Allan Odongo grabbed the 51st minute winner for PSC who climbed out of the relegation places for the first time in two months. They are now 12th on nine points. NAC remain sixth on 11 points.

MSC remain top

In the men's National League 'A’, Mombasa Sports Club remained top on the log despite going down 0-1 to Gorilla. This was their second match of the weekend on their trip to Nairobi.

On Saturday, they dropped points as they conceded in the final two minutes against Park Road Tigers in their 2-2 draw.

Evans Murigi scored in the 58th minute to salvage a point after he also opened the scoring 10 minutes into the match.

Kevin Omulama and captain Evanson Alulu’s strikes in the 45th and 56th minute respectively had put MSC on the front foot before lapse in concentration allowed Park Road Tigers to claw back.

On Sunday against Gorilla, it was more of the same script as Jackson Keya capitalized on a defensive lapse to convert a penalty corner with virtually the final touch of the match.

MSC are joint top with fellow Coastal side Mvita XI on 15 points but are ahead on goal difference.

Weekend Results

Saturday: Telkom Orange 11 Multimedia University 0, Mombasa Sports Club 1 Chase Amira 3 - Premier League Women; Multimedia University 6 Karate Axiom 1, Park Road Tigers 2 Mombasa Sports Club 2 - National League; Chase Sailors 1 Nakuru Athletic Club 2, Western Jaguars 1 Green Sharks 2 - Premier League Men.

Sunday: Sliders 4 Multimedia University 0 - Premier League Women; Gorilla 1 Mombasa Sports Club 0, Thika Rovers 5 Daystar University 0 - National League; Western Jaguars 1 Park Road Badgers 1, Parklands Sports​ Club 0 Nakuru Athletic Club 1, Kenya Police 3 United States International University-Africa 1 - Premier League Men.