Set pieces enable clinical Kenya Police tame PSC

By ronnie evans
Apr 22, 2021
  • Kenya Police scored their fourth win in the KHU men's Premier League by beating KCA-U 5-1. 9SNA. File Photo)

A clinical Kenya Police side notched their fourth consecutive win of the season when they dispatched Parklands Sports Club (PSC) 5-1 in their Kenya Hockey Union men’s Premier League match at the City Park Stadium on Saturday.

PSC started brightly and settled faster into the match. Defender Fred Okeyo had an unfamiliar role in goal after regular starter Farhad Shire was absent.

In the sixth minute, Serpherious Ligare's teasing goal-bound cross was booted to safety by Martin Agesa.

Kenya Police made their numerical advantage count after Franklin Kiyondi was green carded for an infringement.

The law enforcers got into their stride and scored in the 23rd minute when Amos Kibirir dived to slot into the empty goal after Titus Kimutai delivered a precise cross in the circle.

Former captain Brain Saina made it 2-0 in the 29th minute when he controlled Felix Okoth’s penalty corner before stirring the ball past Shire.

Three minutes later, Allan Odongo pulled a goal back for PSC with a snapshot from Peter Galinga’s through pass.

In the 37th minute, Vincent Odindo delivered a penalty corner that Moses Cheplaiti did brilliantly to dummy before setting up Samson Kibirir who walked the ball into the goal.

Kenya Police were in their vintage best as they scored their fourth through defender Robert Masibo who drilled Calvins Kanu’s cross home from a tight angle.

Further goals by Cheplaiti (44th minute) and veteran James Munyi (57th minute sealed the win.

Stuck to game plan

“I am happy with the win as the team stuck to our gameplan. We set our target of being sharp in our finishing and that was seen in the result. We also got goals from set pieces which is a strong area for us,” Patrick Mugambi, the Kenya Police assistantc coach said after the match.

Okeyo, the PSC captain admitted the intensity in the second half saw them wilt. “They pressed us hard especially in the second half and we could not cope. Our defending also let us down today."

In the first match, a brace in the first quarter by forward Chris Muchwanju was enough as Green Sharks narrowly beat Kenya College of Accountancy-University (KCA-U) 2-1.

Muchwanju continued his impressive goal scoring form when he poked home from Victor Osiche’s lay off pass after a swift attacking move in the fifth minute.

The students pressed for the equaliser and duly responded through Ken Gachara in the 12th minute.

The end to end affair saw Muchwanju display his goal scoring touch once again when he rifled home from close range on the stroke of the first quarter off Alex Kubasu’s assist.

The second quarter saw both teams match each other in possession without creating clear cut chances until a minute to half time when Green Sharks almost found their third goal.

Muchwanju dispossessed defender Alex Mango before squaring it to Kubasu whose attempt hit the sideboard.

KCA-U came close

The students came out rejuvenated in the third quarter and exerted early pressure as they came close to levelling matters.

In the 31st minute, Tony Ashiraro exchanged passes with Simon Peter who in turn released Gabriel Waswa. Waswa mishit his first time shot with the goal at his mercy.

Two minutes later, an unmarked Abraham Mumo spurred a golden chance to score after being put through on goal by Muchwanju.

He had time and space to tease goalkeeper Collins Odongo who was committed to the ground but shot wide from a metre out.

KCA-U substitute Arnold Marango could not apply the finishing touch in the 40th minute after brilliant dribbling past Leon Magomere and Dennis Wekesa. Marango hit a teasing low shot that goalkeeper Eli Asura dug deep to save.

The students grew in confidence as they searched for the equaliser. Shadrack Ruto inexplicably hit a backhand snap shot following a penalty corner by Kevin Oduor that deceived the Green Sharks defence but fizzed narrowly wide.

Green Sharks could have killed the game off in the 54th minute when Osiche hit a defence splitting through ball that the outstretched Muchwanjo steered onto the sideboard.

Meanwhile, Coast-based sides Mombasa Sports Club (MSC) and Mombasa West are set to be fined Ksh. 15,000 each after failure to show up for their league matches, a KHU source intimated.

MSC was scheduled to face Sliders in the women’s league while Mombasa West was pitted against Park Road Tigers in the National League. Both Mombasa teams lost their respective matches 0-5 courtesy of walkovers.

Results

Saturday: Green Sharks 2 KCA-U 1, Kenya Police 6 Parklands Sports Club 1 - Premier League Men; Sliders 5 Mombasa Sports Club 0 (walkover) - Premier League Women; Park Road Tigers 5 Mombasa West 0 (walkover) - National League.

Sunday: Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology v Mombasa Sports Club (9 a.m.), Telkom Orange v Vikings (1 p.m.) - Premier League Women; Gorilla v Mombasa West (11 a.m.), Wazalendo Masters v Daystar University (5 p.m.) - National League; Kenyatta University v Technical University of Kenya (3 p.m.) - Premier League Men.