Enosh Ochieng scored the winner as Ulinzi Stars completed a double over Sony Sugar with a 2 – 1 win at the Afraha Stadium in a Round 18 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) clash on Wednesday 27 March.
Enosh’s strike scored from the penalty spot marked a shortlived celebration for the visitors, who had leveled the scores just two minutes earlier following Daniel Waweru’s early opener.
The scores, on new coach Benjamin Nyangweso’s first game on the touchline was identical to the win Ulinzi Stars picked in February in the first leg at Awendo.
No boring moments
There was rarely a boring moment in the match’s opening minutes as both sides went for the kill very early. John Njuguna tested Sony keeper in the opening minute after a mazy run through the Millers’ defence and on the other end Derri\ck Otanga got to the end of a good move but tapped the ball wide.
The opening goal came just after five minutes, when Daniel Waweru was fouled 25 yards out as he threaded his way towards goal. He dusted himself up and using John Kago as a decoy, beat Omondi with a well taken free kick.
Sony Sugar would have two attempts disallowed for offside as they piled pressure on Ulinzi. First it was Maxwell Onyango’s attempt disallowed before Otanga too had an attempt hit the back of the net but the flag was already up.
Second half action
Hassan Mohamed had a good chance for Ulinzi Stars at the start of the second half, rising to head Waweru’s corner kick but drew his attempt wide before Enosh Ochieng tapped in Brian Birgen’s low cross but was flagged offside.
Ulinzi was on the ascendancy at the early stages of the second half but Omondi’s brilliance kept them at bay, holding onto a point blank shot from Elvis Nandwa and punching clear a shot from John Njuguna before Enosh skied the followup.
The tide would soon change, after Elvis Nandwa’s foul on Ambrose Ayoyi won Sony a penalty. Enock Agwanda scored with it to restore parity in the 57th minute.
That would not last too long though, as the hosts won a penalty of their own in the 61st minute when Robert Mudenyu blocked Nandwa’s shot with his hand.
Enosh stepped up to slot it home, his 10th goal of the season and third against Sony Sugar this season alone.
The win moved Ulinzi to ninth on the log with 25 points, while Sony, who have a game in hand, stay seventh on 28 points.