20 Oct, 14:02
SoNy Sugar came from a goal down to beat Vihiga United 2-1 in a Gotv Shield third position playoff match staged at Moi Kasarani Stadium on Friday 20 October.
Amos Kigadi gave Vihiga a first half lead before second half goal from George Abege and a Benjamin Mosha beauty won the millers the closely fought match.
Vihiga United had the best chances of the first half with first coming from a Charles Okwemba free-kick in the 12th minute which went over the bar.A minute later Amos Kigadi attempted his luck from range but it was equally off target as the NSL giants looked to make their early raids count.
SoNy barely threatened Edward Manoah's side early on in the game registering zero shots in the first stanza. SoNy keeper Kevin Otieno was called into action in the 17th minute to deny Kevin Sagide who unleashed a shot from inside the penalty area. A rare chance for SoNy came in the 26th minute when Benjamin Mosha was put through on goal but the forward miskicked the ball allowing Vihiga keepee Franklin Mwenda to pick it.
Vihiga forward surges finally paid off in the 37th minute when they took the lead through lead striker Amos Kigadi. The striker controlled a wonderful Kevin Sigude pass from midfield, outmuscled SoNy skipper Kevin Oluoch before firing past Kevin Otieno on SoNy goal to give his side an advantage going into the break.
Sensing defeat, SoNy Sugar coach Salim Babu made two changes immediately after the break resting David Simiyu and Justin Monda for Amos Asembeka and Yema Mwana. Two minutes after his introduction, Amos Asembeka unleashed a ferocious long range effort that narrowly went over the bar.
In the 58th minute Asembeka made his introduction count setting up George Abege for the equalizer. The attacker crossed into the box after a good run in the left flank, Vihiga defenders failed to clear the ball and the Ugandan forward pounced beating Mwenda from close range.
Vihiga defender Bernard Ochieng headed wide from a Charles Okwemba free-kick in the 70th minute and Kigadi headed over minutes later from a Johnson Muyesu cross. Victor Ademba had a good chance to put SoNy ahead when he controlled a Benjamin Mosha cross in the 74th minute only to shoot wide from close range as both teams went all out in search of a winner.
A moment of magic from Benjamin Mosha in the 78th minute gave SoNy Sugar the winning goal. The attacker unleashed a long range curled effort from the left flank that beat Vihiga keeper Mwenda into the top left corner.
SoNy Sugar take home Ksh. 750,000 while Vihiga walk away with Ksh. 500,00.
SoNy starting XI: Kevin Otieno, Bernard Omondi, Joseph Omweri, Alfred Onyango, Justin Omari, Kevin Oluoch (64' Fredrick Onyango) Benjamin Mosha, Victor Ademba, George Abege, David Simiyu (47' Yema Mwana) Justin Monda (47' Amos Asembeka)
Unused subs: Kevin Omondi, Dennis Oduor, Tobias Otieno, Marwa Chamberi
Vihiga United starting XI: Franklin Mwenda, Zablon Khaemba, Johnson Muyesu, Dennis Ombeva, Bernard Ochieng, Martin Imbalalambala, Clyde Senaji ( 64' Patrick Okullo), Charles Okwemba, Kevin Sagide (54' Godfrey Airo) , Lukas Waitere, Amos Kigadi
Unused subs: Barnabas Tiema, Dennis Kavaji, Mophat Liuva, Soita Silicho, Gideon Abucheri