Mathare United 0-0 Chemelil Sugar

Kenyan Premier League
Friday, May 26, 2017

After being spanked by Ulinzi Stars 5-1 last time out, the lads recovered from that setback with a barren draw against Chemelil Sugar in a Round 7 league encounter played on Friday 26 May at the Thika Stadium.

Poor first half performances have largely contributed to Mathare United's six match winless streak and the lads clearly began like a side that was determined to put that narrative to rest.

Bright start 

The last time we won at this venue David "Messi"Owino was the hero grabbing a late goal in the 3-2 victory over Thika United and the youngster came close to producing similar heroics only to be thwarted by an alert Jairus Adira in the second minute.

Cliff Nyakeya played a quick give and go with Owino sending him clean through on goal but Owino's shot, aimed at the near post, was brilliantly kept out by Adira's outstretched leg.

Derrick Onyango was next to test Adira but his feeble shot caused the Chemelil custodian little trouble. A wild shot from George Owino summed up a frustrating half hour for the hosts. Four minutes later, Adira showed great reflexes to tip Mwaura's searching cross out of the path of an advancing Onyango as Mathare United sought the elusive opener.

Disallowed goal 

With the half time break fast approaching, David Owino thought he had broken the deadlock but his goal was correctly disallowed for offside. Then David Mwangi lost a glorious chance to put his name on the score sheet when he towered above the entire Chemelil Sugar defence only to angle his header skywards; Daniel Mwaura having picked him out with a clever cross. 

If Mwangi's miss was considered the worst of the day then Lennox Ogutu's moments after the hour mark certainly replaced it. The budding centre half blazed over the bar from point blank range after pouncing on a lose ball in the area following a goal mouth melee.

Unlucky Mwaura 

Even before Abdallah Juma could correct his side's defensive errors, Mathare United threatened to take the lead almost immediately. Second half substitute Tyson Otieno sashayed past his markers before lay the ball square for Daniel Mwaura. However the Kenyan international could only watch in disbelief as his effort cannonned off the bar with Adira well beaten.

The closing stages did not offer anything to smile about for the Slum Boys as Onyango once again failed to apply enough power on his shot from a promising position hardly troubling Adira in the Chemelil Sugar goal. 

Following the draw, Mathare United moves up one place to 16th on the log with 6 points. They next play high riding Gor Mahia on Sunday 30 April.