Gor Mahia edge 10-man Sony in fiery Kisumu contest as Bandari survive MKU scare

A fiercely contested Kenyan Premier League (KPL) clash between Gor Mahia and Sony Sugar played Wednesday 3 March at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu saw the former claim a 3-2 victory and extend their lead at the top of the standings to eight points.

An explosive six minute spell in the first half saw three goals scored with Enock Agwanda breaking the deadlock in the 23rd minute. The lead would only last two minutes as Jacques Tuyisenge restored parity, only for Sony to again retake the lead four minutes later through Joshua Nyatiny’s long range effort.

Scores level

Gor would again pull level seven minutes before half time with former Sony forward Samuel Onyango putting past his former side.

Part of the action at the Moi Stadium as Gor Mahia claimed a 3-2 win over Sony Sugar

The game would take a different turn in the second half after Gor were awarded a contentious penalty for a handball in the Sony box with second half substitute Nicholas Kipkirui converting.

The awarding of the penalty would lead to Sony coach Patrick Odhiambo being sent to the stands as he had stepped onto the pitch protesting the decision.

That would not be the only dismissal as Sony keeper Samuel Njau, making his debut for the club, was sent in for an early shower in stoppage time, for handling the ball outside of his area.

Unpunished

A similar incident in the first half involving Gor keeper Shaban Odhoji, went unpunished.

With Sony having already exhausted their subs, striker Agwanda would slot in between the sticks for the final minutes of a game that the millers will feel hard done by with the officiating.

Enock Agwanda, who netted the game’s opener, finished the game between the sticks, stepping in for the dismissed Samuel Njau (PIC: Fabian Odhiambo)

Tusker held

In other games that were played on Wednesday, Tusker FC were held to a 1-1 draw by visiting Western Stima at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

Boniface Muchiri netted for Tusker with Samuel Odhiambo doing the same for Stima for a share of the spoils.

In another contest played at the Mbaraki Stadium in Mombasa, hosts Bandari FC had to come from behind to snatch a 3-2 win over Mt. Kenya United.

Musa Ekai scored a brace with a goal either side of Shaban Kenga’s equalizer, to send MKU into the half leading 2-1.

A more determined second half from Bandari saw them score twice through second half substitute Abdalla Hassan to claim all three points.