The brewers came into the match as strong favorite considering their past record against the Western-based side. Of the four past encounters, the defending champions have managed maximum points, conceding just once.
It was the champions, who started the match well and could have taken the lead in the 20th minute as Humphrey Mieno missed the goal by inches with his overhead kick. After that it was near misses for both teams, as Homeboyz pushed for an opener. But with half an hour gone, it was Mieno, who gave his team a deserved lead as he maximized on David Juma's blunder to tap home. It was the only goal as the second half came to a close.
After the break, the visitors came back stronger and could have equalized two minutes after the restart, but Meshack Karani could not hit the target with Duncan Ochieng' out of his area. In the 56th minute, the Tusker custodian was forced into a fine save by Wycliffe Opondo, after lashing onto a corner ball. Four minutes later, Karani gave way to Keiphas Mutuu as coach Mike Mururi pushed for an equalizer.
With almost fifteen minutes to time, Cercidy Okeyo seemingly handled the ball in the danger zone, but the referee did not react something that did not go down well with the visitor's coach, who was cautioned. With five minutes to go, Charles Momanyi got an opportunity to make it 1-1 but his header came off the bar, with the goalkeeper well beaten.
In the end it was 1-0 to the home team, who are slowly returning to their best.
Tusker XI: Ochieng Duncan, Collins Shivachi, Shafik Batambuze, Marlon Tangauzi, James Situma, Cercidy Okeyo, Jackson Macharia, Humphrey Mieno, Michael Khamati, Allan Wanga and Abdul Hassan.
Subs: David Okello, Eugine Asike, Martin Kizza, Clifford Alwanga, George Mandela, Anthony Ndolo and Hashim Sempala.