Butali, Strathmore win high-scoring affairs over Bay and Nakuru

By ronnie evans
Sep 25, 2021
  • Butali Sugar Warriors in a past league match against Sikh. They thrashed Bay Club 9-0 on Sunday.(Photo:SNA File)

A hat trick by Emmanuel Simiyu and a Frank Wanangwe brace propelled defending champions Butali Sugar Warriors to a 9-0 demolition of hapless Bay Club in their Kenya Hockey Union men's premier league match at the City Park Stadium on Sunday.

Butali bossed possession from the start and were well oiled unit going forward. Said Okwemba opened the scoring from a penalty corner delivered by captain Kenneth Nyongesa in the fourth minute with a vicious shot that flew into the bottom right corner.

Simiyu got his first in the 11th minute with a simple tap into the empty net courtesy of a Barnabus Odhiambo set up after he received a defense splitting pass from Billy Molla.

Bay Club's match with Nakuru Club on Saturday under harsh conditions seemed to have taken a toll on the players as they looked exhausted and struggled to absorb the pressure.

Simiyu and Wanangwe combined brilliantly to expose Bay Club's defense.

Simiyu's goal bound shot was illegally cleared thus gifting Butali a penalty. Simiyu stepped up and duly converted the resultant penalty in the 19th minute.

A fourth goal was beckoning and it came in the 31st minute through Vincent Odhiambo who inexplicably converted Nyongesa's hard wayward pass.

Three minutes later, Bay Club got their only chance of the game when Austin Otieno fluffed his shot which was intercepted by Butali Keeper Richard Ruitha.

Butali closed out the first half with their four goal lead intact. Wanangwe converted a penalty corner ten minutes after the restart to increase their tally.

Things got worse for Bay Club as dependable player Moses Odhiambo was on the receiving end of Zack Aura's hard shot and he had to be withdrawn with a head injury.

Strathmore beat Nakuru 

The drama was not over as goals by Wanangwe and Peter Nyambura rounded up the scoring the victors.

Aura was a constant threat and got his name on the score sheet in the 65th minute with a simple finish after brilliant work by Wanangwe on the right wing.

Simiyu completed his hat trick two minutes from time after dancing past the Bay Club defence.

"The match was good but the shoreline did not reflect what happened on the pitch. I would have loved if we got more goals but the three points is the most important at the end of the day," Butali Coach Cliff Okello said.

In another match, second placed Strathmore University had six different scorers as the team put on a fine display enroute to a humiliating 6-0 win over Nakuru Club.

Festus Onyango opened up the scoring for the students after a swift counter attacking move in the eighth minute. Seven minutes later Joseph Obare sounded the board to double the lead.

Obare had found space in the opposition half before unleashing an unstoppable shot.

Amira Sailors overcome Daystar 

Nakuru looked depleted after a draining encounter with Bay Club on Saturday night. Strathmore dictated proceedings and came out strongly in the second half.

They got their third though substitute Edgar Makete who scored with a teasing low shot. The students then turned up the style in the final eight minutes with three quick goals.

Steve Nyabuto's 62nd minute screamer was followed by Ian Shama (65th) and Dan Onyango's (68th) minute strikes for the comfortable win.

In the women's league, a late brace by the lethal Susan Oketch helped Amira Sailors trapple Daystar University 5-0. After leading 1-0 in the first half through Sheila Chebet, Amira Sailors pumped in four goals in the second period.Oketch struck with neatly taken field goals in the 61st and 63rd minute.

Other scorers were Leah Omwando (42nd) and Pauline Ochieng (58th).

Weekend results Sunday(Men) Butali 9 Bay Club 0, Strathmore 6 Nakuru 0, Kabarak 0 JKUAT 2, Chase Sailors 2 Wazalendo 3 (Women) Daystar 0 Amira Sailors 5, Sliders 1 Strathmore 1

Saturday (Women) USIU-A 5 KU 1, (Men) Park Road Tigers 2 Impala 1 , Green Sharks 1 KCA-U 0, Bay Club 0 Nakuru 1