Telkom Orange ground Daystar, Green Sharks arrested at City Park

By ronnie evans
Oct 16, 2021
  • Veteran Hellen Chemtai came off the bench to score two of the 16 goals against daystar University. (SNA. File Photo)

Forward Jackline Mwangi hit five goals as a ruthless Telkom Orange powered their way to the top of the standings with a commanding 16-0 rout of Daystar University in their Kenya Hockey Union women’s Premier League match on Saturday at the City Park Stadium.

Maureen Okumu opened the scoring in the second minute when she deflected Lilian Aura’s long pass into the net. The defending champions were comfortable on the ball and stringing neat passes.

Barbara Simiyu doubled their lead in the seventh minute when she converted a penalty corner that she took after Aura’s return pass fell kindly to her. She expertly controlled the ball before firing past Esther Nyambura. Aura got her first when she was fed by Okumu's crisp pass a minute later.

Daystar was a depleted side, making unforced errors and easily conceded possession.

Mwangi went to work and made it four in the ninth minute. Aura scored her second in the 12th minute after being assisted by Mwangi’s clever pass.

The lethal Mwangi got her second after a swift move by her team that saw them run rings round the Daystar defence. Telkom were 7-0 up within 15 minutes when Okumu breezed past several markers to score with a low shot to the bottom right corner.

Veteran Hellen Chemtai got off the bench to make it 8-0 with a low shot at the near post after leaving Daystar defender Edna Chebet for the dead.

Powerful drive

Five minutes after the restart the returning Flavian Mutiva got her name on the score sheet with a powerful drive. Telkom Orange were pressing hard and got their 10th in the 47th minute when Aura completed her hat trick after Simiyu’s shot was saved and she was on hand to convert the rebound.

Further goals by Mwangi, Simiyu, Mutiva and Chemtai completed the rout.

“I am pleased with the performance today. The team played well according to the new system that we have introduced and we want to see if we can maintain the same until the club championships which is our focus,” a satisfied Telkom Orange coach Jos Openda told Sports News Arena.

Daystar University stand in coach Davis Odoyo said, “I am not happy with the team’s play. They were too strong for us in all areas and we conceded many early goals which killed our morale for the remainder of the match.”

In the other match, Susan Muchai struck a 67th minute equalizer as Vikings forced a 1-1 draw with highly fancied Sliders. Sliders took the lead in the 27th minute through June Barmasau’s hard shot that crept into the net after a partial save by Angela Kogei.

Sliders dominated proceedings and rued missed chances as Muchai scored from a goalmouth scramble to secure a point.

Police 2 Green Sharks 0

In a late kick-off, goals by Kenyan internationals Willis Okeyo and captain Brian Saina helped Kenya Police see off Green Sharks 2-0 in an entertaining tie.

Kenya Police were sharper of the two, bossing possession and dangerous going forward. Green Sharks seemed to clear their lines at the crucial moments.

Goalkeeper kept out Moses Cheplaiti’s trademark hard shot from a short corner in the 12th minute as the teams went scoreless at the break. Okeyo converted a penalty corner in the 53rd minute while Saina struck in the final minute to ensure that Kenya Police are top of the group.

Kenya Police coach Ken Kunda was pleased with the result and said that Green Sharks were playing for a draw, a move that resulted in their downfall.

On his part Green Sharks coach Ben Owaga was disappointed with the result and urged his team to concentrate on the playoffs.

Results

Saturday: (Women) Telkom Orange 16 Daystar 0, Sliders 1 Vikings 1, (Men) Nakuru Club 1 Sikh Union 0, Western Jaguars 3 Wazalendo 0, Kenya Police 2 Green Sharks 0.

Sunday fixtures

(Women) Telkom Orange v JKUAT (11 a.m.); (Men) Wazalendo Youth v JKUAT (9 a.m.), Kimathi University v Thika Rovers (1 p.m.), Kenyatta Uiniversity v USIU-A (3 p.m.), Strathmore University v Bay Club (3 p.m.).