TUK title race in the Sportpesa Super 8 Premier League took a distinctive bearing after a resounding 3-1 home victory over Kabete United in a lunchtime kick-off on Saturday 23 April at Camp Toyoyo.
The West side conference bigwigs outclassed their conference counterparts on their splendid play, passes and composure to take the spoils that took their point tally to 24 points and inch closer at the top three spot on the table standings.
Talismanic forward Jeconiah Uyoga who is now the leagues second top scorer with 11 goals stretched his impressive form when he claimed the first goal with a ferocious shot from far in the 16th minute.
Kabete’s back line was forced to do the donkey work in the better part of the opening half as the home team pitched camp on their box and had a monumental task as they were trailing a goal down at the half time.
After the breather, Lawrence Agina made the situation murkier for the visiting outfit as he swept home the second goal just at the hour mark for TUK to take charge of the second period. Ten minutes later, combative midfielder Kevin Okomo pounced on a loose pass from the right edge of the dangerous area to unleash a powerful shot for the third goal that dimmed any hopes for Kabete to make a comeback.
However, Shikuli Patrick scored the consolation for Kabete in the 73rd minute but it was case of too little to late as the Lukas Aluoch charges held on the advantage until the final whistle.
KAYOLE ASUBUHI 3-2 KAWANGWARE UNITED
At the same venue, Kayole Asubuhi survived a scare as they narrowly defeated visiting Kawangware United 3-2.
Current top scorer with 13 goals under his belt, towering Francis Thairu broke the deadlock in the 40th minute when he rose gallantly to head home the first goal for Kawangware in the 40th minute but his efforts was cancelled out at the stroke of half time when John Malek nodded the equalizer past a goalless post after David Gicheru who was manning Kawangware’s post committed himself too early.
The East side heavy weights then kept an incessant pressure on their visiting opponents, pressing with scathing attacks that led to a penalty in the 65 minute that Joel Mutua converted in the easiest of ways possible for Asubuhi to take the second half lead.
Nine minutes after restart, Kawangare were also awarded a penalty after a player was hacked down in the area and Daniel Muturi stepped up to take the spot kick which he flawlessly dinked home for 2-2 scoreline.
It was Samuel Imbaya who rescured the situation for the home side as his last minute shot proved the difference in the match to the delight of Kayole Asubuhi who made a sigh of relief after the 90th minute having bagged the maximum points.
Kayole Asubuhi are now tied on points with Jericho All Stars who are at the summit of the table standings with 28 points.
BABA DOGO 1-1 JERICHO ALL STARS
Elsewhere, Baba Dogo United pulled a major upset for Jericho All Stars by holding the East side conference powerhouse to a one all draw at Baba Dogo grounds.
All Stars were the better side from the word go as they enjoyed ball possession in the first half where forward Eddie Kuria capitalized on a clear cut chance to take the lead in the 35th minute.
And despite having a packed home fans advantage, Baba Dogo were wobbly in prime positions and could not give a good account of themselves forcing the tie to go into the breather with the guests leading 1-0.
Jericho kept their fire burning after the rest, searching desperately for the second goal but their efforts were unfruitful as Baba Dogo tightened their defense in the final half.
Erick Onyango was the hero for the home side as his last gasp strike in the 89th minute forced Jericho to share the humble pie and spoil the party for their die-hards who had come to give them support.
As a result, Jericho retain their spot at the summit of the log with 28 points while Baba Dogo move to tenth on the log with 14 points.
METRO SPORTS 0-1 SHAURI MOYO BLUE STARS
At Drive-Inn Grounds, Ezekiel Akwana’s Metro Sports finally put a dark spot on their perfect start of the campaign as they went down by a solitary goal at home against Shauri Moyo Blue Stars.
Predatory goal hunter, Rahim Maleek did the damage for visiting Blue Stars with his 43rd minute strike that was a painful pill to swallow for Metro who had not tasted defeat before this match in the league.
Metro started the proceedings quit well and they seemed favorable to win the match but their strikers wasted priceless chances in the first period that should have given them the lead.
In the second stanza, the visiting Ken Odera charges were in no mood to make any slip-ups as they tightened the defense and managed to thwart any attacked forged against them by their host who will be forced back to the drawing board as they lost grip on their second place spot on the log.
Metro now drops a spot lower to third on the log with 25 points, three points shy of leaders Jericho all Stars while Blue Stars retain fifth 24 points.
DIGUNA FC 2-0 MELTA KABIRIA
Diguna FC punished Melta Kabiria 2-0 in another match played at Nakeel grounds in Rongai.
Antony Koine was on target in the 15th minute for the home team to take the slim lead as they took control of the match.
Kabiria’s search for an equalizer constantly hit a brick wall as their attacks failed to see the light of the day and headed into the first half break with the scoreboard reading 1-0 in favor of Diguna.
Vincent Wanyonyi then put the scores beyond reasonable doubt when he powered the second and final goal for Diguna with eight minutes remaining before the referee signaled end of the match.
AJAX FC 1-0 SHAMAKO BABES
Bedan Kigali’s 75th minute goal was enough to hand Ajax the maximum points at home against minnows Shamako Babes in a match that completed the double header at Nakeel Grounds.
Shamako Babes who are languishing on the tail end of the table standings were lucky go down by a lone goal as their hosts looked promising to cause havoc on their goal.