As K’Ogalo emerged victorious, the bankers failed to earn points that would equate them with Tusker.
Gor Mahia won 1-0 over Posta Rangers in their Premier League match at the Football Kenya Federation in Ruraka Grounds on Wednesday.
Samuel Onyango’s strike in the first half made possible K’Ogalo to avenge a defeat in the first round they suffered by the men of Stanley Okumbi.
The Mailmen could have opened the scoring in the second minute when Eliud Lokuwom infiltrated him in the vicinity of Gor Mahia, but he took too long to set him up and allowed Gad Mathews to lock him up and prevent him from to shoot from close range.
Tito Okello, who could leave Gor Mahia when the season ends, was close to the back of the net in the eighth minute, but he could not beat the goal of Kevin Opiyo of Posta Rangers. Bernard Ondiek almost demanded an opener in the 18th minute, but Mathews was careful to deny him up close.
Former Kariobangi Sharks goalkeeper kept Gor Mahia in the game with two quick saves in the 25th minute when he stopped Lokuwom and Francis Nambute’s strikes when Posta Rangers pinned the visitors in their own area.
K’Ogalo got a rare chance to get a counterattack in the 36th minute, when Fred Nkata picked up Onyango who collected the ball and suspended the house to put forward Mark Harrison’s charges. A minute later, Posta Rangers were denied an equalizer by an offside flag that ruled out Nambute’s goal.
With 50 minutes played, Karim Nikiema nearly put the visitors another one up as he broke through in the middle and fired from just outside the box, but his shot passed just over the bar.
Two chances for Posta Rangers by Nambute and Joshua Nyatini were blocked by Mathews in the 66th and 70th minutes as K’Ogalo held the slim lead to another victory under Harrison.
Meanwhile, the KCB title challengers could not manage to collect three points that they would have equalized with the leaders Tusker after a 1-1 draw against AFC Leopards at Thika Stadium.
Vincent Wasambo struck for the Bankers in the 23rd minute when he managed to beat Ingwe’s goalkeeper Benjamin Ochan from close range after receiving a low cross from Samuel Mwangi.
AFC Leopards made a change in the 46th minute when Washington Munene was turned down and his place was filled by Robert Mudenyu. Elvis Rupia restored equality in the 73rd minute when he was able to find the back of the net in a very tight corner.
Former Nzoia Sugar striker has now scored 17 goals for the local giants and is second to Kariobangi Sharks’ Erick Kapaito on the leaderboard.