BY STEVE AYOO
Title holders Gor Mahia dropped to second in the Kenyan Premier League table after settling for a 1-1 draw against Ulinzi Stars at the Moi Stadium, Kisumu.
Enosh Ochieng’s penalty just before the hour mark cancelled Dennis Oliech’s opener for Gor as the two rivals shared a point.
Gor were hoping to address a recent dip in form that has seen them get knocked out of the Caf Confederations Cup whilst their return to league action ended in a draw against Kakamega Homeboyz two days ago.
A fairly decent first half by both teams ended barren but the second half started with Oliech scoring for a second game running as he was allowed an illegal amount of time with the ball and the veteran striker showed composure to tuck the ball past James Saruni who was guarding the Soldiers’ post.
The lead only lasted for 10 minutes as Enosh Ochieng’ was felled in the box by left back Geoffrey Ochieng’ and the Soldier picked himself up and converted past Shaban Odhoji, his 13th goal of the season.
That’s how it ended as the Soldiers, 8th on the log, added a point to the six they had collected in their previous two outings.
Gor meanwhile fell two points behind Sofapaka, 1-0 victors at Sony Sugar, but have four games in hand.
Meanwhile relegation-fighting Vihiga United blew a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Mathare United at the Bukhungu Stadium.
Loanee Lawrence Luvanda had given Vihiga a 7th minute lead from a freekick before Dennis Wafula made it 2-0 seven minutes into the hour. However a Cliff Nyakeya goal in the 81st minute halved the deficit to set up a nervy finish.
The hosts could not hold their nerves and conceded in stoppage time as Johnstone Omurwa salvaged a point for the Slum Boys in stoppage time, denying Vihiga crucial points in their fight against relegation.
They remain third from bottom while Mathare moved up two spots to 4th.