The Women Premier League(WPL) entered the third round with exciting matches on the cards. The clash between defending champions Thika Queens who failed to score past Soccer Sisters arguably being the most entertaining match of the season. The round also saw newbies Vihiga Queens go down against Oserian Ladies.
Soccer Queens coach Amos Kimani has guided his relatively younger side past two good sides, Soccer Sisters and Gaspo Youth and the acid test remains when his side travels to Thika Sub County Stadium as they meet the defending champions Thika Queens who are yet to lose a match this season.
Despite soaking three goals in their season opener, Soccer Queens custodian Vivian Akinyi has shown maturity especially during the their round where she was able to keep a second consecutive clean sheet in their match against Gaspo Youth. Akinyi made several saves in that match that would have resulted to a different score line by the end of the last whistle.
At the heart of defense, Soccer Sisters’ Margaret Nyambura was outstanding at the Centre back position as she was able to keep Thika Queens’ forwards on toes to enable her team walk home with a point following a goalless draw.
Although she scored in that encounter, her goal was considered offside after missing a penalty that would have enabled her team bag maximum points.Eldoret Falcons’ defender Fanuna Abdi was instrumental as her team picked a goalless draw away against Kisumu Leeds and is expected to shine in their fourth round encounter against Vihiga Queens.
Thika Queens Lucy Ikhumba stood firm in their match against Soccer Sisters overlapping and proving crosses and was influential as she kept away Soccer Sisters’ strikers at bay.Njogu Njoki of Soccer Sisters had a great match containing league top scorer Mary Kinuthia at the back although she suffered a rib injury in the second half. Soccer Sisters will definitely miss the services of the duo in their next assignment as they are expected to be out for some time.
Soccer Queens Corazone Aquino impressed in their match against Gaspo Youth at the heart of midfield launching attacks and was not shy shooting at goal although she missed a couple of chances. Vihiga Queens' attacking midfielder Enez Mango also stood tall despite missing out in the score sheet in their third round encounter where they suffered a 0-1 defeat against Oserian. Despite going down 2-0 against Soccer Queens,Gaspo Youth FC's Amy Lusau did a commendable job while Oserian Ladies' Dorcas Shikobe was on the score sheet to help her side bag maximum points in their season opener.
It was a great outing for Soccer Queens' youngster Quinter Atieno who grabbed a brace to steer her team to a second consecutive win of the season.The younger who also features for Olympic High School was key in that match following the absence of team's top scorer Rebecca Akinyi who missed the encounter and much is expected from this striker given time. Soccer Queens' Terry Engessa continued from where she left in the second round fixture proving the assists to Atieno although she missed a couple of chances from long range shots.
Subs: Jane Njeri (GK),(Soccer Sisters), Rebecca Wasike(Eldoret Falcons),Winnie Kanyotu(Gaspo Youth),Monica Waithera(Soccer Sisters),Mary Kinuthia(Thika Queens) Phoebe Owiti(Vihiga Queens),Ascar Metto(Eldoret Falcons).
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