Ulinzi takes a dent out in Awendo
Ulinzi Stars had a losing outing on the second week of Kenyan Premier League (KPL), picking a 0 – 1 loss away to Sony Sugar at the Awendo Green Stadium on Sunday 11th February in a game the visitors dominated but could just not find the back of the net.
The end result in the game betrayed the performance given by the lads, with their best chances going begging before a well-timed run by Sony Sugar new signing Clinton Omondi caught the defence napping and he buried the ball past Timothy Odhiambo for the lone goal.
A good start saw Churchill Muloma, Daniel Waweru and Cliff Kasuti all get good openings but on most of the occasions it was Kevin Omondi in the Sony Sugar keeper who came out tops while a couple of chances went narrowly wide.
Muloma had a well powered shot blocked by a sea of legs in the seventh minute before Waweru fired low but straight at Omondi at the end of a fine move initiated by Cylus Shitote and in the 16th minute the sucker punch came, with Omondi’s goal as he proved to be a massive thorn to Ulinzi’s flesh.
Two minutes after opening the scoring, Omondi came close again but quick reflexes from Timothy Odhiambo denied him and he did well to again foil George Abege who had picked up the spills.
Cliff Kasuti then got to the Sony box and with quick feet beat Kevin Oluoch but with each touch he made, he narrowed his angle and in the end his low shot went wide. Kasuti had another chance minutes later, growing a few inched to meet Bernard Ongoma’s deep cross but that was picked by Sony keeper Omondi.
The equalizer would not come in the opening half despite Ulinzi’s best efforts and come the second half the visiors literally pitched camp in Sony’s half with the hosts content with breaking on the counter using Abege and Clinton Omondi but those did not work much as the two were on numerous occasions caught offside.
Spells of dominance saw Ongoma take a couple of shots from range but those flew narrowly over while Waweru’s deliveries from corners were also well handled by the home side and Kasuti was man marked to negate his threat as he proved the dangerman on the day.
Ongoma failed to hit the target with a well taken free kick in the 67th minute after Cliff Kasuti was fouled 25 yards out and the referee gave a deaf ear to two penalty appeals by Ulinzi when Waweru went down under pressure from Joseph Omweri in the 76th minute and when Oluoch seemed to have controlled with his hand in the 86th minute.
As the game drew to the end, Elvis Nandwa, who had been introduced in place of Boniface Onyango forced a great save off Sony keeper with a powerful shot from 18 yards and the game took a controversial twist when Sony’s Yema Mwana was sent off for a bad tackle on Oliver Ruto.
The team will now regroup and plan for the next game, a home clash against Mathare United on Saturday 17th February.