A hiatus of concentration by Parklands Sports Club (PSC) in the fourth quarter denied them a rare chance of recording a win over Kenya Police after they conceded three late goals to lose 1-3 to the reigning Kenya Hockey men’s Premier League Champions.
The tie that was played on Labour Day at the City Park Stadium seemed headed towards PSC following a solid performance by the Nairobi based club in the first three quarters, only for Kenya Police to stage an incredible comeback that preserved their winning start to the 2018 season.
The Parklands based side started the match as the better side with attacks that went unanswered, with the attacking duo of Allan Odongo and Victor Mwashi keeping the opponents’ defense in constant responsibility. The forged ahead in the 23rd minute through Mwashi, who left the Kenya Police goalkeeper Martin Agesa well beaten with his pacey skills to score into an empty net.
They continued staging attacks on Kenya Police and almost doubled up the scores towards the half hour mark but Odongo saw his shot just go wide at the near post.
A lapse in awareness in the last ten minutes of the game however robbed them of a precious victory, the law enforcers netting three quick-fire goals to pick their third straight win in the league that will go a long way in their quest of retaining the title they won early this year.
The law enforcers restored parity in the match through Calvins Kanu and Moses Cheplaiti in the 51st and 53rd minutes respectively. Samuel Oungo then sealed the comfortable win for his side by converting a penalty corner in the last minute of the game.
The win against Parklands Sports Club takes the defending champions to the top of the Men’s Premier League table with nine points, two ahead of Green Sharks and Butali Warriors.
Speaking after the match, Kenya Police captain Oliver Echenje applauded his teammates for the win, “The game wasn’t on our side that much because we started playing their game. They were hitting the ball a lot which made some of our players to start playing that way, which was to their advantage. We however got ourselves up in the last quarter where we showed our game and got the win,’’ said Echenje.
On the other hand Parklands Sports Club skipper Fredrick Okeyo reckoned the good game displayed by his side but rued missed chances for the loss.
“The game was not bad, but we didn’t take our chances well. We played well especially given that it was against Police and unfortunately lacked gas in the last quarter. Wewll now go back to the drawing board and sharpen our strikers more so that they can utilize every chance to score goals ,’’ said Okeyo.
In earlier matches, Gorilla maintained their brilliant start to the season with a slim 1-0 win over Thika Rovers, a goal that was scored in the last minute by Billy Gura in the men’s National League while Multimedia University piled more pressure on relegated side Kenyatta University by beating them 2-1.
The last men’s Premier League match of the day Sikh Union Nairobi beat Park Road Badgers 4-3.