BY STEVE AYOO
Kariobangi Sharks woke up from a first half slumber and switched on the next gear as coach William Muluya’s substitutes all netted in a 3-0 win over Mount Kenya United at the Kasarani Stadium.
Mount Kenya, as has been their story this season, were almost peerless in the opening half where they dominated the game and created the better chances which they failed to utilize.
It came to cost them after the break as Sharks swung the pendulum in their favor with all the three goals scored by substitutes Henry Juma, Julius Masaba and Eric Kapaito.
The margin, while justifying Sharks’ second half prowess, was perhaps a tad unfair on Mount Kenya who put in the miles.
The second tier-bound side missed a penalty inside two minutes and continued to waste chances despite regularly cutting the Sharks defence open.
John ‘Softie’ Ndirangu hit the side netting after Duke Abuya was dispossessed outside the area as Harrison Mwendwa skied an effort inside the area on the other end.
Sharks’ best chance of a barren opening half fell on 12s feet but he failed to beat Odhiambo from a lovely James Mazembe through ball.
Two goals canceled
Mount Kenya keeper Peter Odhiambo was kept busy during the early second half exchanges, pulling point blank saves to deny George Abege and Mwendwa who also saw two goals ruled out for offside.
The relentless pressure paid off three minutes after the hour mark as Juma opened the scoring for Sharks, rifling home from a tight angle following a good pass from Mwendwa.
They doubled their lead two minutes later in a move that started with a goalkeeping error from Odhiambo and ended in mid season signing Masaba making an easy finish.
The third goal was the pick of the bunch and was once again created by Abuya as he jinked his way past a couple of half-challenging feet before teeing up Kapaito who curled home from just inside the area.
Mount Kenya looked to respond but were mostly restricted to long shots as their build ups mostly broke at the final ball.
Substitute Timonah Wanyonyi tested Bwire from a distance but the keeper gathered while an attempted effort to catch the keeper off his line failed to bear the intended fruit.
Sharks easily saw off the rest of the match as they collected only their third victory in 16 matches. They move up a spot to 9th and host another relegated side in the shape of Vihiga United in the season finale this Wednesday.
Mount Kenya meanwhile will prepare for their final match in the topflight, an away match at Ulinzi Stars.