Kenya U23 international Jonah Ayunga started his loan stint at English National League side Havant & Waterlooville on a high, getting on the score sheet in the Saturday 24 November 5 – 2 win over Maidstone United at West Leigh Park in Havant.
Ayunga, who was recently called up to the Kenya U23 national team for the matches against Mauritius in the 2019 AFCON U23 qualifiers, is on a three – month loan stint at the side and opened his account with the second goal in the rout over the relegation threatened side.
The Kenyan forward, who would later be withdrawn in the 71st minute for Nicke Kabamba, gave Havant the cushion after Alfie Rutherford’s opener in the 10th minute to hand his team a 2 – 0 half time lead.
Alex Bradley put the game beyond Maidstone with the third goal in the 53rd minute and ten minutes later Rutherford got his second and Havant’s fourth goal.
Goals from Jack Paxman and Blair Turgott in the 77th and 78th minutes sparked a rise from the away side but attempts at a comeback were quickly extinguished by Rutherford, who completed his hat trick in the 85th minute.
The win saw Havant move further away from the relegation region, in 18th place with 21 points notched from as many matches while Maidstone stays rooted at position 22 on the 24 – team table with 19 points.
Meanwhile, Sutton United, Ayunga’s parent team, posted a 0 – 1 home loss to Maidenhead United on the same day.
In another game in the same league, another Kenya U23 international, Henry Ochieng featured full time as his team, Braintree Town suffered a 1 – 3 away loss to Harrogate Town, which left Oching’s team bottom of the log with 13 points from 21 matches.