Hosts Zoo FC produced an electric show in front of their home crowd as they overcame 10-man Chemelil Sugar 2-0 at the Kericho Green Stadium, Sunday afternoon.
The hosts, gunning for their fourth league win in their debut season, oozed class and confidence from the off as the diminutive Mike Madoya pulled strings in midfield while Nicholas Kipkirui was proving a handful down the left channel.
Bernard Odhiambo, returning after serving his suspension for five accumulated yellow cards was his usual self, pressing the visitors' backline with great abandonment of energy.
The 2-0 victory came courtesy of a goal either half from Kipkirui and Ernest Kipkoech, the former sending an unstoppable header to the back of the net and the latter rifling home a volley in anger.
Chemelil keeper Jairus Adira had already done way too much than he perhaps expected by the time he was sent off for a bad tackle on Kipkoech before the interval. He was forced into two stunning saves from Odhiambo who drove home from the right, and Kipkirui who stung the keeper's palms as the home side peppered their opponents with a series of onslaughts.
Adira then dived low to keep a Madoya penalty out and deny Zoo a second goal before his involvement in the game ground to a halt after he was shown a straight red card with substitute keeper Richard Aimo watching Odhiambo send the resultant freekick wide.
The two sides went into the breather with Zoo ahead.
Despite their one man disadvantage, Chemelil had the better second half start and looked dangerous especially with the ball at Johanna Mwita's feet. The lanky forward held the ball up well but he was mostly dragged into wide positions where his threat was nullified.
Captain Smith Ouko, Benjamin Oketch and Moses Arita labored in the midfield in their quest to get Chemelil back into the game but this was a day where none of the Zoo players put a foot wrong.
Zoo almost made it 2-0 when Odhiambo latched onto a through ball from Madoya but the striker's effort was awkwardly saved by Aimo.
The second goal that killed the game in Zoo's favor came halfway into the second half, Kipkirui slamming home a volley after Chemelil failed to clear their lines following a corner.
It was the least that the hosts deserved as they extended their dominance over the Millers beyond just friendlies.
A 2-0 victory was very well earned by Zoo as they moved up a spot to 13th on the log with 18 points, three behind 10th-placed Chemelil with 16 of 34 matches played.