The soldiers deserve a sweet revenge against K’Ogalo after their slim victory in the top flight in Nakuru
Gor Mahia’s recent poor run in the FKF Premier League continued after a 1-0 defeat to Ulinzi Stars in Nakuru on Monday.
K’Ogalo They have now managed seven games without registering a win, and against the Soldiers they were penalized in the 17th minute when defender Alex Masinde sent off a setback from goalkeeper Gad Mathews after Masuta Masita kicked a free kick from the right wing gave.
It was Ulinzi who started the game with the urgency to get a goal and they created the first chance in the ninth minute when Clinton Omondi combined well with John Kago, after drafting Masita, and Joachim Ochieng, defender of Gor, responded quickly to put the ball out for a throw-in.
However, it did not take long before the soldiers found the back of the net, as they were 1-0 ahead in the 17th minute, when Masinde quickly headed Mathews, the goalkeeper,’s head. It was a spilled ball from Masuta’s well – curled free kick. .
Ulinzi then decided to play a defensive game when they wanted to catch Gor on counter-attacks, and in the 25th minute, Masuta received a yellow card after a reckless tackle on Ochieng.
In the 43rd minute, it was Gor Mahia midfielder Ernest Wendo who went into the referee’s book after a clumsy foul on Mark Bikokwa, while the two teams walked into the tunnel for half-time with Ulinzi leading 1-0.
On resumption, another player, Alex Masinde of Ulinzi Stars, was also warned after darkening Samuel Onyango, and from the ensuing free kick, the soldiers should have doubled their lead, but Masinde’s cannonball went over the bar.
Defense Stars 1 Gor Mahia FC 0
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Gor Mahia interim coach Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo then decided to make his first change, John Macharia replaced John Ochieng and three minutes later he made further changes, Tito Okello and Clifton Miheso replacing Onyango and Philemon Otieno.
On the other hand, Benjamin Nyangweso, coach of Ulinzi, made a single change – Benard Ongoma came in for Masuta, and immediately after the change, Ongoma almost scored the second point after scoring the K’Ogalo defense, he placed the ball wide with goalkeeper Mathews out of his line.
In spite of K’Ogalo Ulinzi put their defensive game under pressure to get an equalizer and were able to take revenge against a team that beat them 1-0 in the first round.
Defense Stars: James Saruni (GK), Brian Birgen, Harun Mwale, Alex Khasambuli, Bonventure Muchika, Boniface Onyango, Clinton Omondi, John Kago, Elvis Nandwa, Mark Bikokwa and Masuta Masita.
Subs: Timothy Odhiambo (GK), Bryon Odiaga, Quintine Indeche, Omar Boraafya, Enosh Ochieng, Ibrahim Shambi, Kelvin Thairu and Benard Ongoma.
Gor Mahia: Gad Mathews, Philemon Otieno, Fred Nkata, Joachim Ochieng, Harun Shakava, Andrew Juma, Ernest Wendo, John Ochieng, Jules Ulimwengu, Karim Nikiema and Samuel Onyango.
Subs: Samuel Njau, Victor Ochieng, Sydney Wahongo, Nicholas Omondi, Clifton Miheso, John Macharia, Tito Okello and James Orengo.