Tusker FC 4-2 Kariobangi Sharks: 10-man Brewers too good for Slum Boys
Rogers Aloro was sent off early in the second half but it did not stop the hosts from winning
Henry Meja and Brian Marita scored a brace each for the Brewers while Erick Kapaito replied with a brace as well for the Slum Boys.
The visitors were keen on extending their good run against their hosts and their early attacks proved so. The William Muluya-led charges would have taken a lead in the fifth minute.
Daniel Sakari found space on the right before bringing in a good cross in the danger zone. However, Peter Lwasa, who was in a good position, failed to connect it.
In the 15th minute, the Ruaraka-based charges were forced to make a change. Robert Mboya injured his shoulder and Michael Wanjala had to replace him in goal.
A minute later, the Robert Matano-led team had a great chance to score. The impressive Luke Namanda managed to get past his marker before finding Meja in a good position, but the latter narrowly missed the target.
The Brewers deservedly went ahead in the 26th minute. Sharks conceded a free-kick in a dangerous position. Rogers Aloro stepped up and picked Marita who headed in past the stranded Brian Bwire.
Four minutes later, it was 2-0 in favour of the former champions. Defender Kevin Monyi was brought down in the danger zone and the referee pointed to the penalty spot.
Meja, who scored the only goal in the win against Kakamega Homeboyz last weekend, stepped up and held his nerves to ensure the ball is in the back of the net.
In the 32nd minute, the visitors managed to half the scores. James Mazembe picked the league’s top scorer Kapaito in the 18-yard area, and the striker took his chance.
However, Tusker restored their two-goal cushion seven minutes later. Namanda brought in another good cross from the right and Meja flicked it to Marita whose volley gave the hosts their third goal.
The hosts were reduced to 10 in the 53rd minute when Aloro made a double footed challenge against Douglas Mokaya.
It mattered less as Tusker scored their fourth in the 57th minute. The red-hot Namanda picked the run of Meja who left his defender for death before completing his brace.
Tusker XI: Robert Mboya, Kevin Monyi, Hillary Wandera, Rodgers Aloro, Eugene Asike, Hashim Sempala, Luke Namanda, Kevin Okoth, Henry Meja, Otieno Apollo, Brian Marita
Subs: Michael Wanjala, Erick Ambunya, Christopher Oruchum, Chrispinus Onyango, Humphrey Mieno, Jackson Macharia, Muchiri Boniface, Eric Zakayo, David Majak
Kariobangi Sharks XI: Brian Bwire, Geoffrey Shiveka, John Kuol, Boniface Onynago, Samuel Olwande, Daniel Sakari, James Mazembe, Douglas Mokaya, Peter Oudu, Erick Kapaito, Peter Lwasa
Subs: Brandon Obiero, Erick Juma, Thomas Teka, Vincent Likare, Shaphan Oyugi, Boniface Mwangemi, Ronald Reagan, Alphonse Omija, Joshua Onyango