BY STEVE AYOO
Gershon Likono’s second half strike helped Posta Rangers beat hosts Ulinzi Stars 1-0 as the mail men pulled further away from the relegation equation.
Posta made the trip to Afraha Stadium hopeful, rather than expectant that they could get something out of the game but got more than perhaps they had bargained for at the end.
Likono, who had been anything but frustrating until his goal, provided the decisive moment as he reacted quickest to a good run and even a better cross from substitute Bernard Arum.
The result may have flattered Posta but Ulinzi will have only themselves to blame as they created more than enough chances to get a goal.
Most of the Soldiers’ first half chances fell at the feet of Elvis Nandwa but the forward was unusually wasteful. His striking colleagues Ezekiel Okare and John Njuguna didn’t fare any better as Rangers keeper Gradus Ochieng made dive after dive to try keep out efforts that went either wide or over the bar.
Ulinzi keeper James Saruni on the other hand had to be alert to see out Likono’s drive from a free-kick which fizzled just wide.
Posta, who looked like they were playing for a point, had a better second half start and got their goal at the hour mark from a swift counterattack.
Ulinzi should have drawn level moments later but Nandwa handled the ball inside the box as he readied to pull the trigger, an offence he repeated twice.
The Soldiers added reinforcement in quick succession, replacing Ezekiel Okare, Njuguna and leading scorer Enosh Ochieng, who mostly found himself wide, with Oscar Wamalwa, Omar Boraafya and Vincent Ochieng’.
Wamalwa’s first act in the game was a right-footed shot from a tight angle that beat both Gradus and the far post, only just.
Ochieng on the other hand looked lively down the right as he got into good positions but while there were barely any problems with his deliveries, Posta – now marshalled by the experienced Jerry Santo who replaced Joseph Mbugi- stood tall.
A pouring forward Ulinzi was almost caught out in stoppage time but Likono couldn’t keep his effort down.
Jerry then went down to put a roadblock on a goal bound shot from Bernard ongoma after a cut back from Omar Mbongi as Ulinzi pressed forward in the final six added minutes.
Ongoma almost repeated the heroics that saw him net a late winner against Nzoia United three days ago but his effort missed the post in what was the final act in the game.
The victory sees Posta pull further away from the relegation zone, their 29 points five better than Vihiga United who currently sit in the promotion/relegation play-off spot.
Ulinzi Stars remain 8th.
Wins for Tusker, Homeboyz
In other matches, Mike Madoya came off the bench with twin strikes to steer Tusker FC to a resounding come-from-behind victory over Kenyan Premier League bottom side Mount Kenya while Wanga netted as Kakamega Homeboyz won at Nzoia United.