Mashemeji Derby: Yikpe on a brace as Gor Mahia whip AFC Leopards

Gor Mahia FC on Sunday 10 November made easy work of their arch-rivals AFC Leopards, flogging Ingwe 4-1 at the Moi International Sports Center, in a Round 9 Kenyan Premier League match.

A brace from Yikpe Gnamian and two more from Lawrence Juma and Cliffton Miheso guided Steve Pollack’s men in a match that was tightly contested in the first half, and now sees them assume top spot once more.

Yikpe Gnamian had the game’s first real chance in the second minute but after some neat work had his shot blocked by Soter Kayumba in the box.

Kenyan International Cliffton Miheso was up next on the attempts roster as Gor began on a high. Two minutes after Yikpe’s chance, Miheso’s dangerous delivery would be sent out for a corner kick.

Leopards earned a free-kick in the seventh minute and had John Makwatta behind it. Mastering everything he had on the chance, the Leopards top scorer could not have his attempt reach the goal post as Bernard Ondiek blocked it for a corner kick.

Yikpe’s 17th-minute attempt at a loop could have given Gor the lead but Benjamin Ochan was equal to it. Seemingly looking to leave a mark in his first Mashemeji Derby appearance, he went up for a bicycle kick in the 27th minute but this too agonizingly went over the bar.

Leopards went forward and two minutes later, it was Soter Kayumba’s chance to send Ingwe up but his header bounced off the upright.

Youngster Collins Sichenje had to be stretchered off at the half-hour mark and his place taken by Austine Odhiambo.

The two teams went into the break tied at 0-0.

The second half began with Gor Mahia on the ascendancy, and a goal would come as a result. In the 56th minute, Kenneth Muguna found Yikpe with a deliciously floated ball and the hard-working forward opened the scoring proceedings.

It didn’t take long before Yikpe struck again and this he did with the help of a Cliffton Miheso lay-off to fire home for 2-0 in the 64th minute.

The on-form Yikpe would yet again be involved in the third goal, this time, contributing immensely with Kenneth Muguna as Miheso struck for 3-0 in the 79th minute. The floodgates had opened.

Tresor Ndikumana gave the visitors some hope as he pulled one back in the 83rd minute but it would be Gor with the final say as Lawrence Juma made it 4-1 with just a minute of regular time remaining.