Strathmore glide over Wester Jaguars

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Mar 13, 2021
  • Strathmore in a past game with Green Sharks. Strathmore beat Western Jaguars on Saturday.(Photo:SNA File)

Western Jaguars return to Nairobi ended on a sour note as they lost 3-0 to Strathmore University Gladiators at the City Park Stadium on Saturday.

Festus Onyango was the hero for the students with a brace with Benson Ochieng adding another goal.

The opening minutes of the match saw both teams out on the attack but were kept at bay by their defenses. But half way through the half, Strathmore who were coming from a 2-1 loss to Butali Sugar Warriors a week ago, were the better of the two teams in creating chances but failed to convert them into goals.

They remained wasteful throughout the remainder for a barren first 40 minutes.

The script was the same in the opening stages of the second half for Strathmore despite making inroads in Jaguars circle.

But with 17 minutes to the end of the match, Onyango sounded the board brilliantly giving no chance to the opponent’s goalkeeper to react for the opener. Strathmore piled on the pressure and maintained good ball possession, keeping the opponent’s defense busy all throughout and scored their second goal through Ochieng in the 60th minute.

With ten minutes left, Jaguars went into attack with the hope of salvaging something from the match but they could not find the nets.

The last four minutes of the match brought good news for the Meshack Senge’s side yet again as the third goal was added to the goal tally by Onyango.

Jaguar coach Michael Malungu blamed the loss to lack of concentration by his players in the second half.

“I think we did well in the first half and denied our opponents any scoring chances. But we relaxed and we were punished for that. After the goal we lost it completely and gave them chance to score twice,” Malungu said.

Park Road beat Parklands 

On his side, Senge thanked his players for the good show mostly in the second half for the win.

“We were wasteful in the first half but I like the way the players kept cool and never panicked until when we hit we the first goal,” Senge said.

In other match played at the same venue, Park Road came from a first half goal down to beat strugglers Parklands 2-1.

Parklands rooted at the bottom of the table stunned Park Road with a field goal from Franklyn Kiyondi in the 30th minute. Park Road came back strongly in the second half and levelled the scores in the 43rd minute through Phillip Omunyin field goal.

Park Road were 2-1 up five minutes later when Andrew Kamau slotted in another field goal. The last match saw Mvita XI once again fail to collect a point in Nairobi when they went down 2-0 to Nakuru Hockey Club.

Ken Alumasa put Nakuru ahead in the 25th minute before John Rioba made it 2-0 a minute into the second half. Results: Saturday 12 March: Strathmore University Gladiators 3 Western Jaguars 0, Park Road 2 Parklands 1, Mvita 0 Nakuru Hockey Club 2.