Mathare maintains top spot with win over Tusker
Mathare United maintained their status as log leaders with a 2-1 win over Tusker in a Kenyan Premier League clash staged at the Ruaraka Grounds on Saturday 12 January.
Mathare opened the scoring through Johnstone Omurua while the effervescent James Kinyanjui doubled The Slum Boys lead as Peter Nzuki pulled one goal back for Tusker.
The tie had a lot of relations between the two teams with Mathare United having David Okello, Janes Situma, Kevin Kimani, Clifford Alwanga and their manager Francis Kimanzi once in Tusker's books. The frantic opening pace of the game was epitomized when James Kinyanjui turned Sammy Meja inside out to set up Chrispin Oduor with a low cut back cross but the skipper skied his effort.
Meja who was being given a torrid time by Kinyanjui brought him down as the former Thika United winger threatened to get past him with Meja getting a yellow card. The resultant freekick resulted to a goal as Kevin Kimani found Odour who miss timed his shot but luck for him it fell to Johnstone Omurua who controlled the ball with ease to fire it into the net and hand The Slum Boys the lead in the 24th minute.
The tie which has constantly delivered goals, with the last barren draw coming back in 2013, should have produced another goal in the 31st minute when Rodgers Aloro whipped in a cross that was headed towards the goal by Timothy Otieno but his effort hit the crossbar with the former Gor Mahia talisman celebrating only to look behind and see the ball in Owiny's hands after David Juma headed the second pickings.
Tusker made a change at the restart of the second half with Sydney Ochieng coming off for Boniface Muchiri. The Brewers started the half with much intent but had to wait till the 58th minute when Meja played a long pass that found Juma but the striker opted to let the ball bounce with header easily dealt with by James Situma.
Kimanzi's charges doubled their lead in the 68th minute when Cliff Nyakea threaded in Kinyanjui with a through ball as he let loose of a shot that found the top right corner to get his first Mathare United goal and was rewarded for his fine display in the game.
Tusker pulled one back in the 78th minute when Meja delivered a pinpoint cross that was nodded in Peter Nzuki.