Kariobangi Sharks registered a comfortable 3-0 win over Mathare United in a mid-week Kenyan Premier League (KPL) clashed staged at the Moi International Sports Centre (MISC) Kasarani on Wednesday 13 September.
Sharks made their intentions clear from the onset, after Mathew Odongo found Masoud Juma with a well timed penetrating pass but the latter's shot smashed the upright a minute into the match. Sharks then got a free-kick at the edge of the box, but Patilla Omotto's effort was cleared to safety.
It was Mathare's turn to attack after youngster John Mwangi attempted a shot after getting on the end of a Crispin Oduor's cutback cross, but Sharks defense cleared the danger in the 7th minute. The slum boys now enjoying most of the possession, got a second chance to net an early goal after Chris Ochieng latched onto a Derrick Nzosi pass before firing a ferocious shot that landed safely in Robert Mboya's arms five minutes later.
Mwangi then attempted an ambitious long ball after seeing Mboya off his line, but he did well to recover and stop the ball from going into the top left corner. In a shocking turn of events, Masoud Juma dribbled past the entire Mathare defense before bringing in a cut-back cross in the area, much to the delight of Duke Abuya who calmly beat an on-rushing Levis Opiyo in goal before slotting the ball in an empty net for Sharks opener on the 25th minute.
With fruitless end to end attacks prevailing for a while, Derrick Onyango was the bearer of Mathare's best chance after receiving Edward Seda's pass, only to lose the ball easily after taking one too many touches in the 23rd minute. Nzosi would have restored parity a minute later with a well taken free-kick, but it bounced off the crossbar as Mboya looked on.
Masoud in search of the elusive goal of his own, would have nodded in Kamau's cross but it veered off target in the half hour mark. Odongo then stepped on the gas peddle towards the end of the half after weaving his way into the Mathare area but Opiyo once again pulled a classic save.
Mathare now pushing for a share of spoils more than ever, got a glorious opportunity after a Sharks defender handled the ball but Oduor missed from the spot. Ovella Ochieng then came in for Elly Asieche, but he would make his presence felt minutes later with a curling shot that missed the target by a whisker in the 68th minute.
Masoud having missed a couple of chances looked like he would put his name on the score-sheet in the 70th minute but he clearly needed to wait a little longer. Super sub Ovella then made no mistake after getting on to the end of a Mathew Odongo cross with a superb volley in the 80th minute, for Sharks second goal.
Muluya then brought in Cavin Odongo for Mathew Odongo, and the latter would get down to business immediately after dashing down the right wing before setting up Ovella but Opiyo in goal made no mistake. Masoud was not about to go home goalless, beating Opiyo in goal with a nicely curved ball in the 84th minute for Sharks third. Mathare's Elijah Mwanzia would have put some respectability in the scoreline in stoppage time with his trademark late goal, but it was not forthcoming.
Mathare United Starting XI: 30. Levis Opiyo (GK) 16.David Owino 21. Derrick Nzosi 6. George Owino (C) 23. Lennox Ogutu 22. Roy Okal 4.Edward Seda 29. Chrispin Oduor 14.Derrick Onyango 9. Chris Ochieng’ 13. John Mwangi.
Subs: 1. Mark Kioko (GK) 12.Andrew Juma 20.Martin Ongori 24. Victor Ashinga 27. Tyson Otieno 17. Elijah Mwanzia 19. Brian Nyakan 15. Ronald Reagan.
KariobangiSharks Starting XI: Robert Mboya (GK), Onyango Geofrey Shiveka, Paul Kamau, Michael Bodo, Pattilah Omotto, Christopher Kimathi, Mathew Odongo, Ellie Asieche, Duke Abuya, Masoud Juma.
Subs: Michael Oigo, D. Ochieng, Calvin Odongo, Francis Manoah, Ebrinnah Sanneh, Hillary Otieno.