Mathare pick sweet win against Chemelil Sugar

Mathare United's Cliff Nyakeya (right) celebrates his goal with teammates Kevin Kimani (centre) and Daniel Mwaura during their Kenyan Premier League match against Chemelil Sugar at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on December 8, 2018.

Mathare United began the new campaign on a winning note easing past Chemelil Sugar 2-0 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on Saturday.

Both goals came early on with Cliff Nyakeya finding the net in the fifth minute while Clifford Alwanga was on target eight minutes later with a solid header.

Job Ochieng' was sent off with 11 minutes to go but the team held on to win despite the numerical disadvantage.

As has become the norm whenever we are playing at Kasarani the boys looked comfortbale in possession with passes finding their men and thrree minutes into the game Nyakeya found himself clean through on goal with only Bernard Onunga to beat after a delightful passing maneuver.

The keeper inevitably came off his line and made contact with the ball but also brought down Nyakeya leaving referee Josiah Awiti with no option but to award a penalty. Onunga did well to parry Nyakeya’s effort from the spot but the winger was first to the rebound to open the scoring.

Chemelil Sugar found themselves trailing by two goals on 13 minutes when Alwanga connected to Kevin Kimani's delivery from a corner with a thumping header.

Nyakeya should have made it three when he scurried down the inside right channel leaving Vincent Mahiga for dead, he cut into his weaker left foot but his shot flew over the bar when squaring the ball for Alwanga looked the better option.

Nicholas Akoko had the best chance for the visitors in the 22nd minute but his shot from the edge of the box failed to produce a goal after what looked like a training ground corner routine.

Daniel Mwaura contrived to head downwards from close range after Roy Okal had picked him out with a searching cross as the third goal proved elusive.

Francis Kimanzi’s charges picked from where they left at the restart but were denied by Onunga who showed great reflexes to tip Nyakeya’s connection to Mwaura's cross for a corner. Moments later, Alwanga fired a low shot wide after making space for himself in the box.

Kimanzi introduced James Kinyanjui for Mwaura to beef up his attack at the hour mark and his opposite number Francis Baraza replied by sending Dominic Kiprono and Felix Oluoch into the fray yet the storm never abated.

Alwanga flashed a glancing header towards goal after connecting to Kimani’s cross but Onunga was alert to save.

Chemelil had a numerical advantage for the last ten minutes after Ochieng’ was sent off but it was too late to make it count.

The win leaves Mathare United top of the table with three points pending other Round One results.