PSC share spoils with champions Strathmore

By ronnie evans
Apr 02, 2021

Defending champions Strathmore University drew blanks after a dull 0-0 draw with a resilient Parklands Sports Club in a Kenya Hockey Union men’s Premier League match at the City Park Stadium on Sunday.

This was their second successive draw after a 1-1 result against Western Jaguars in their last match.

This turned out to be a frustrating afternoon for the students who could not find their way past a well oiled PSC defence.

In this match, Strathmore University coach Meshack Senge kept faith in the players that started against Western Jaguars.

The students had a clear chance in the seventh minute when captain Francis Kariuki released Clayson Luvanda who fired wide.

Althought Strathmore University dominated in the open play, they failed to score largely because Farhad Shire, the PSC goalkeeper Farhad Shire stood firm as the last line of defence especially in the second half where he thwarted a wave of attacks.

First, he came off his line in the 55th minute to intercept Kariuki’s shot at goal. Shire also kept out dangerman Festus Onyango in the 62nd minute to keep his team in the match.

Peter Okinda had a quiet time in goal and had one serious threat in the 65th minute when he stretched to keep out PSC forward Frankline Kiyondi’s effort.

Lacklustre performance

Strathmore University squandered three short corners in a match Senge felt his team’s performance was lacklustre.

“We did not play well today and lacked character. We did not play like we wanted to win so we probably did not deserve to win. We lacked creativity and tried to force the ball through them which was not ideal,” Senge explained.

“A draw is enough for us as we faced a big team. We defended well and took the game to them. Of course our goal was to come out with a win but we missed a few chances of our own,” PSC tactician Kamal Singh said.

In the National League, Austine Omondi scored a hat trick including two in the second half as Bay Club eased past Dedan Kimathi University 3-0.

The Kisumu based Bay Club recovered after going down 1-3 to Multimedia University in their first second tier league match of the season on Saturday.

They were relegated from the Premier League last season.

Bay Club settled into the match and controlled the ball especially in the midfield areas. Their pressure was rewarded in the 14th minute when Omondi scored the opener.

He missed an open chance five minutes later after combining well with Sidney Onyango.

Bay Club kept knocking at the door but could not find a second goal in the first half.

Omondi made amends when he scored in the 51st minute after lovely combination play with Sereta Osoro. Omondi was on hand to place the ball past Steve Wandia.

He completed his hat trick in the 57th minute for the win.

Weekend results

Sunday: Kenyatta University 0 JKUAT 0, (Premier League Women); Mombasa West 2 Daystar University 1 (in Mombasa), Dedan Kimathi University 0 Bay Club 3 (National League); Nakuru Athletic Club 0 Park Road Badgers 1 (in Nakuru), Strathmore University 0 Parklands Sports Club 0 (Premier League Men) .

Saturday: UoN 0 Multimedia University 1 (Premier League Women); Multimedia University 3 Bay Club 1, Mombasa Sports Club 4 Daystar University 0 - in Mombasa - (National League); Green Sharks 4 TUK 0, Sikh Union, Nairobi 5 USIU-A 0 (Premier League Men).