Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) Women’s Premier League Champions Telkom recovered from an early scare to maintain their good run in the season, rallying from two goals down to beat Sliders 5-2 in a league match played on Sunday May 6, 2018 at the City Park Stadium.
Telkom, who have not lost a local fixture in over seven years, started the match in the most sluggish fashion and were punished in the fourth minute when Nancy Kibogong converted a short corner to take her side leading. Four minutes later, Sliders doubled up the scores through Captain Anita Agunda’s successful penalty stroke, a goal that elicited wild cheers from the fans.
With two goals in the bag, Sliders went slow on attacks and instead resorted to defending their lead, a move that worked in their opponents’ favor. Telkom halved the deficit two minutes before the end of the first quarter courtesy of the ever-green Jackline Mwangi, who slotted in a cool field goal to continue with her goal-scoring prowess.
The second quarter was an all-Telkom affair as the league leaders sought an equalizer but all attacks were kept at bay by the Sliders defense which had been beefed up by the entire midfield and also some of the forwards. Mwangi however ensured that her side went into halftime with a draw, capitalizing on a goal melee in the 29th minute to score an easy goal.
The forward’s brace looked like the motivator for Telkom who scored three quick-fire goals in the third quarter to seal the comfortable victory. Barbara Simiyu got the twenty-time Champions leading for the first time with her goal in the 31st minute before Georgina Lumumba added a fourth thee minutes later. Barbara then capped off the good outing with her second in the 38th minute via a penalty stroke to keep Telkom’s season targets well on course.
Speaking to Magongo Kenya after the match, Telkom coach Josephine Ataro admitted to her team’s slow start to the game but applauded them for the win, against one of their main challengers for the league trophy. “I think my girls underrated Sliders so we started on a slow pace and that’s why conceded those early goals,’’ said Ataro.
“After the first quarter, I told them to go back into the field and just play their game, and they surely played well from the second quarter. I however did not have fears that we might have lost because we are Telkom and trailing two goals in the first eight minutes has never been a worry to us,’’ she added.
On his part, Sliders tactician Felix Okoth said, “It was an entertaining match and our defensive structure failed at some point. But I have generally enjoyed the match. Our conceding was largely as a result of defensive errors and also the keeper’s lack of communication with them. ‘’
Okumu’s late brace lifts Strathmore
In another Women’s Premier League match played on Sunday, Strathmore Scorpions left it late to record a 2-0 win over Chase Amira. The match was balanced from the onset with both sides attacking and defending simultaneously. Amira however lost plot in the last three minutes of the game, hence gifting Strathmore a precious win that will go a long way in determining the latter’s position at the end of the season. The Scorpions got their first goal in the 57th minute via the usual suspect, Gilly Okumu, who converted a short corner before converting another one in the final minute to seal her brace.
Sharks record second win of the weekend
Greensharks will count this weekend as a very productive one following two victories in a span of two days that took them to the summit of the Men’s Premier League table.
After a hard-fought 4-3 triumph over Police on Saturday, Sharks engineered another comeback to edge Western Jaguars 2-1 on Sunday. Conrad Wafula had given Jaguars the lead in the fourth minute of the tie before Captain Leon Magomere restored parity four minutes later. Kevin Simiyu then secured all three points for his side after converting a flick in the 14th minute.
Sharks now top the table with 12 points, three ahead of Kenya Police and Butali Warriors who have nine points each.
In the Super League matches played on Sunday, Multimedia University was held to a 2-2 draw by Impala while Wazalendo scrapped past KCA University in a 1-0 win.