Super 8: Melta thrash Kawangware in local derby as Jericho survive scare
Super 8 League entered week two over the weekend with several matches being played in different venues.
Melta Kabiria got the bragging rights of local derby after thrashing Kawangware United 4-0. In the other match which caught eyes of many, defending Champions Jericho All Stars survived a scare by twice coming from behind to escape with a 3-2 win over visiting MASA. Kelvin Ndung'u netted a brace for the hosts with Brian Kisasi grabbing a last-minute header to preserve the holders' perfect start.
The win shot Jericho to the top of the log tied on 6 points with second-placed Shauri Moyo Sportiff who have lesser number of goals. MASA’s goals were scored by Alex Oyugi on the 56th minute and Patrick Aura on the 84th minute but a late rally from the hosts denied them their first full points.
Hat trick hero Collins Omondi plotted Kawangware’s downfall by inspiring Kabiria to their first win in two games on Sunday 17 March afternoon at a jam-packed Riruta BP stadium. With bragging rights at stake and a horde of fans to please, both sides played entertaining football, displaying freshly acquired talent but it was the home team who carried the day.
Kabiria started strongly with the lanky Omondi volleying in the opener 9 minutes into the contest.
On the other end, United was awarded a penalty only to be denied by Kabiria goalie Patrick Githiga who fisted away John Mureithi’s feeble shot from the spot to preserve their slim lead.
Just before the break, Meltah made it 2-0, this time Omondi benefiting from poor distribution from Kawangware keeper to slot in his second from the near post.
With pressure mounting in the second half, United conceded a penalty which Wilson Muhoto calmly buried on the 51st minute as the hosts took firm control of the contest.
Man of the match Omondi extinguished any hopes for a Kawangwre comeback when he completed his treble on the 77th minute.
With their win, Meltah who lost 1-3 to Jericho All-Stars in their opening game climb to 8th.
“It was a good game, we knew it would not be easy since it is derby but we came prepared and I am glad the squad played according to the instructions. I dedicate this win to the fans and urge them their support and to expect good performance this season. ” Kabiria coach Urbanus Mwangi said after the game.
Former champions Kawangware who are gunning for a second title have started the season on the wrong footing following two winless opening games without scoring leaving them placed at the bottom.
“It was always going to be a tough game for us because we’ve released most of our key players to other leagues so rebuilding the new team is taking some time, however, we are going back to the board to rectify our mistake before the next game.” Kawangware coach Francis Thairu said.
TUK FC posted their first win of the season in a 1-0 win over Team Umeme at Kabete Cavs grounds with Joseph Fikirini the all-important goal through a penalty on the 79th minute.
At Makongeni grounds, newcomers Shauri Moyo Sportiff stretched their impressive start by making it two wins on the bounce following a 1-0 win over NYSA who were undone by a 44th-minute strike by Moses Bara.
FULL SUPER 8 PREMIER LEAGUE ROUND 2 RESULTS
Huruma Kona 0-0 Metro Sports
Shauri Moyo Sportiff 1-0 NYSA
Meltah Kabiria 4-0 Kawangware United
TUK 1-0 Team Umeme
Makadara Junior League SA 1-2 Githurai All Stars
Rongai All Stars 1-1 Lebanon FC
Mathare Flames 2-1 Dagoretti Former Players FC