Mathare United FC will stay undefeated after round 6 of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL), this, after downing hosts Kisumu All Stars 2-1 in a league match staged at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu from 3 pm.
Despite going down in the opening stages of the second half through a Gerrishom Arabe goal, United rallied to win the tie through Kevin Kimani and Clifford Alwanga.
Mathare looked like the one to have settled early in the game, and almost went up in the 5th minute but Andrew Juma’s header from a Kevin Kimani free-kick went over the bar. Juma, might have had his angles better chosen had he not have to battle for the aerial delivery with Clifford Alwanga.
All Stars played behind the ball, and this worked well in keeping the visitors at bay. Their chances came limited to fast breaks which the defensive duo of Juma and Martin Ogori worked well to thwart.
In the 32nd minute, Ongori had a go at goal but John Otieno in goal for All Stars gathered his spilled ball before anyone could latch onto the rebound.
Gerrishom Arabe, before the break- could have struck against the run of play had he composed himself well after being set up by the captain of the day Eric Otieno. His shot from the edge of the box veered over the bar.
Arabe wasted no time upon the resumption and fired the hosts into the lead with just seconds after the referee’s second half whistle. His shot from outside United’s danger area, had taken a deflection to beat Job Ochieng in goal for Mathare.
More chances came for All Stars but all went begging. They would be made to pay. First was Kevin Kimani’s equalizer, coming off an Alwanga assist. 70 minutes had been played in the second half and United wanted a lead.
In the 72nd minute, Alwanga shot from the edge of the box to beat Otieno for 2-1 as the visitors took the lead for the first time in the match.
Late efforts came for Henry Omino’s side, especially with the introduction of youngsters Elisha Owino and Stephen Otieno but a steady defense from Mathare ensured the match ended 2-1 in their favor.