Enosh Ochieng scored a second half penalty as Ulinzi Stars turned the heat in the second half to claw back to a 1 – 1 draw with Tusker FC in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match at Ruaraka Stadium on Wednesday 20 March.
Sidney Ochieng scored the opening goal of the game to see Tusker head to the break leading 1 – 0.
In a game of two halves, the opening period belonged to Tusker, as the hosts kept Ulinzi silent on their attacking front while piling lots of pressure in the other half.
Timothy Otieno had a great opening fly wide midway through the first half after great build up play and crisp passes by James Macharia in midfield. Otieno did manage to put the ball to the net moments later but then the flag was up on the far end.
Tusker’s prodding would soon pay off. In the 38th minute, Ulinzi Stars defender Paul Muchika had an error in judgement as he tried to control a high ball.
He was caught in possession by the lively Macharia whose initial shot was blocked by Hassan Mohamed but only as far as Sidney Ochieng, and with a first time shot beat James Saruni for the opener.
Ulinzi resumed the stronger in the second half and head coach Dunstan Nyaudo pulled a fast one on Tusker with the introduction of Oscar Wamalwa for Elvis Nandwa.
Pressure from Wamalwa was felt immediately as he went for a high ball in the box in the 58th minute and forced Marlon Tangauzi to a handball in the box and referee Anthony Ogwayo pointed to the spot.
Enosh Ochieng stepped up to take the penalty and dispatched it well for his ninth league goal of the season.
With the result, Tusker FC drops a place down to seventh on the log with 26 points while Ulinzi Stars stays rooted at 10th on 22 points.