Mathare United 0-1 Posta Rangers

Kenyan Premier League
Monday, April 17, 2017

Dennis Mukaisi's first half goal is all Posta Rangers required to beat a resilient Mathare United side in a Round 5 league match played at the Thika Sub County Stadium on Monday 17 April. 

It was not the way Mathare United wanted to end their Easter Holidays as this was their second loss on the trot which means that overall they have only collected 5 points from 5 matches. 

The mailmen, who held us to identical barren draws over two legs last season, headed into this match brimming with confidence having not suffered defeat in the league yet. With their unbeaten record to protect, they were fast offf the blocks with the pair of Jerry Santos and Joseph Mbugi controlling the pace from the onset. 

Bright start

Mbugi actually tested Levis Opiyo with an adventurous shot from the center circle but he was unlucky to miss the target narrowly with Opiyo well off his line. Mathare United replied through Daniel Mwaura who rounded Titus Achesa out on the left before trying to pick out Cliff Nyakeya with a low cross but Kenyan international goalkeeper Patrick Matasi intelligently came off his line to intercept. 

A call up to the National football team Harambee Stars seems to have brought the best out of Mwaura who forced a finger tip save from Matasi moments later. Aided by the bumpy surface, Mwaura's cross bounced deceptively in front of goal but Matasi showed good reflexes to tip it over the bar. 

Mukaisi opener 

The resultant corner was well gathered by Matasi who initiated a counter attack through Geoffrey Kataka. Kataka, who seems to have rediscovered himself under new coach Sammy "Pamzo" Omollo, showed quick feet to skip past his markers before playing a quick give and go that set Mukaisi clean through on goal. 

Mukaisi still had a lot to do despite having left Lennox Ogutu in his wake. He showed great composure to tuck his finish into the Opiyo's bottom left corner and put his side on the ascendancy. 

A scrappy period of play ensued thereafter before Posta Rangers skipper Jockins Atudo nearly doubled their lead with a solid header that was cleared off the goal line; Edwin Mwaura having picked him out with a well weighted delivery from a corner. 

Late pressure 

In his bid to restore parity, head coach Francis Kimanzi made two substitutions shortly after the break. In came Alphonce Ndonye and Ronald Okoth for Martin Ongori and Abubakar Keya. The lads piled pressure on the visitors but the experienced duo of Atudo and Luke Ochieng' proved their mettle as established defenders thwarting every Mathare United foray upfront. 

Luke Ochieng' was particularly dangerous with his long throw ins on the other end but Levis Opiyo did well to gather cleanly on several occasions. There was a glimmer of hope late on when Mwaura's delivery from a corner was met by the towering George Owino but his header crashed onto the left upright with Matasi well beaten. 

Ulinzi Stars

That summed up yet another disappointing outing at home for the lads who will come up against Ulinzi Stars in their next outing on Sunday 23 April.