Mathare tighten grip on fourth spot with win against 10-man Zoo 
Mathare tighten grip on fourth spot with win against 10-man Zoo 

Mathare tighten grip on fourth spot with win against 10-man Zoo 

Mathare United have tightened their grip on fourth spot in the Kenya Premier League, after a convincing 3-1 win over Zoo Kericho at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani.

Mathare started on the front foot and felt they should have been awarded a penalty in the second minute of the match after a foul that they felt was inside the box, but centre referee Zachariah Ashira awarded them a freekick at the byline.

Both teams settled into the match quickly, with Mathare looking the more dangerous in the first 15 minutes. 

After going close a few times, the home side opened the scoring in the 32nd minute through Cliff Nyakeya, whose low strike found the bottom right after Kinyanjui squared the ball into his path.

Five minutes later, Zoo equalized through goalkeeper Elungat's spot kick, after James Situma was adjudged to have brought down Dennis Omondi inside the box. 

Situma thought he had given his side the lead on the 41st minute after beautifully connecting Nyakeya's delivery from a freekick, but his goal was disallowed for offside, as the teams headed for the break tied at 1-1.

Zoo redcard

Zoo were reduced to 10 men two minutes after the restart after Danson Chetambe received his second yellow card of the match and subsequent marching orders after a malicious tackle on Owino.

Mathare made their numerical advantage count when they surged ahead in the 61st minute, with Alwanga heading in from Nyakeya's delivery after a short corner. 

Nyakeya scored his second of the day after reacting first to a rebound in the 74th minute to guarantee three points for the Slum Boys. 

The convincing win leaves Mathare on fourth spot in the Premier League with 43 points, one ahead of Kakamega Homeboyz who lost 3-1 at home to Tusker. 

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