Sofapaka Maul Thika, Move Second

Three second half goals, including one from debutant Piston Mutamba, saw Sofapaka seal a dominant 3-0 success over Thika United at the Narok Stadium, Sunday (17)

After missing a host of chances in a barren first half, John Baraza’s side found the goals after the interval as Mutamba got the first in the 65th minute, finding the bottom corner.

Substitute Kevin Kimani made it two goals in two minutes as he sunk home a penalty following a handball inside the danger zone from Thika captain Dennis Odhiambo.

Midfielder Ellie Asieche added the final goal 15 minutes to the whistle, pouncing on a loose ball off a Kimani free-kick to add the third.

It ensured a comfortable win for the hosts who should’ve put the game to bed in the opening quarter hour of the clash.

The opening half hour was a shooting practice for Sofapaka as every player fancied having a go at Thika keeper Eliud Emase.

Sofapaka’s captain of the match, Stephen Waruru was the gang leader as he started firing at Emase as earlier as the first minute. Next in line was Kepha Aswani who saw a fine header from a Yussuf throw in the 6th minute again tipped over by the keeper.

The pressure continued and Asieche was denied at his feet by Emase following a defensive blunder by the visitors just two minutes shy of the quarter hour mark. Ezekiel Okare also tried his luck immediately after with a thunderous strike from 30 yards which missed the far left by a healthy inches.

Waruru then resumed his battle with Emase as his vicious free-kick from the edge of the area penetrated the wall, but not the keeper who was happy to concede the corner.

Aswani also got back in the act as he headed over unmarked from Asieche’s delivery. All these, ladies and gentlemen, happening inside 20 minutes!

Thika were barely advancing into their rivals’ defensive third. They finally did in the 28th minute when Eugene Mukhagula chipped over a ball to Masakidi Mata who aimed wide at the under employed Wycliffe Kasaya post.

Two minutes later, Sofapaka were back at Emase, this time Teddy Osok forcing the keeper to palm, then gather at the second time of asking.

The final two chances went to that man again, Waruru, who had another free-kick tipped over, a/ nd a right footed effort saved by the keeper. Astonishingly, it ended barren at the interval.
Thika finally breached their hosts’ rearguard as Kinyanjui and Mukhangula both tested Kasaya, the former sending a grass cutter which the experienced custodian palmed away for a corner while the Thika No. 10 saw his effort cleared off the line.

That’s as good as it got for the relegation threatened Thika who, as has been this season, imploded after conceding the opener.Thika finally breached their hosts’ rearguard as Kinyanjui and Mukhangula both tested Kasaya, the former sending a grass cutter which the experienced custodian palmed away for a corner while the Thika No. 10 saw his effort cleared off the line.The result sees Batoto ba Mungu leapfrog Mathare into second while Thika remain in the bottom three.

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