St Anthony and Upper Hill meet in the finals of the national hockey school games for the second time in a row following victories in their respective semi-finals played on Friday April 13, 2018 at the Kangaru Girls High School.
KD eliminate Musingu
St Anthony will be seeking to reclaim the boys’ title they won last year, having reached the finals of the competition thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win over Musingu in the semis. The match unequivocally turned out to be a cracker just as expected, with the two sides protecting territory with passion from the onset. The match was however decided in the 23rd minute when Nicholas Makhatsa found his way through three defenders and smashed the ball into the net to give his side the lead. The goal seemed to have slackened the intensity of the game, with the two sides finding it hard to create clear-cut chances in the second and third quarters.
Musingu however sought to snatch a draw in the fourth quarter with galvanized vigor, attacking their opponents from all corners of the pitch but will have themselves to blame for the numerous short corners they failed to capitalize on. St Anthonys on the other hand had a solid defense clog all Musingu attacks.
Should they beat Upper Hill in the finals, it will be their second straight trophy and a third in the last seven years.
Late penalty saves Upper Hill
In the other semifinal contest, Upper Hill converted a late penalty to squeeze into the finals scheduled for Saturday at the same venue.
After three quarters of barrenness, the Nairobi Champions were awarded a penalty following a foul inside their opponents’ box, a decision which did not go down well with Kisumu Day’s players and coaches. The Lakeside team queried the verdict for a while but eventually allowed the penalty to be taken, with Elisha Ogacha making no mistake from the spot to send his side to their second final in a row.
Last East African spot
Having lost an automatic place in the upcoming East African games, Kisumu Day and Musingu will battle it out for the final remaining spot when they face each other in the third-place playoff fixture scheduled for Saturday.