Ivan Mapunda once again proved the hero when he saved Martin Kiiza's sudden death penalty to award Gor the trophy and somewhat eased pressure on coach Zdravko Logarusic
Ivan Mapunda once again proved the hero when he saved Martin Kiiza's sudden death penalty to award Gor their first trophy of the season and somewhat eased pressure on coach Zradvko Logarusic.
Mapunda, who helped Gor win last year's FKF Cup against Sofapaka with a save from the penalty spot, was brought into the match in injury time and he proved his importance with two penalty saves.
Both teams missed two penalties after the first five were taken with Gor scoring through Kevin Omondi, Dan Sserunkuma and Edwin Lavatsa while Moses Odhiambo and Esrael Emuge missed to score.
Tusker scored their penalties through Luke Ochieng, Khalid Gaucho and Jesse Were while Maurice Odipo and Robert Omunik lost their penalty shots.
On sudden death penalties, Gor scored through Solomon Nasio and Donald Mosoti while their opponents could only find the net through Joseph Shikokoti and Mapunda saved Martin Kiiza's shot to hand Gor their first trophy.
The match ended in a barren draw at the end of full time. The first half was full of drama after Tusker goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch was sent off early for an infringement outside his box.
Oluoch was sent off by referee Sylvester Kirwa after he handled the ball outside his area.
However, despite playing a man less, the brewers were still very much into the tie and enjoyed greater possession as Tusker coach Robert Matano brought out Ismael Dunga in the place of second choice goalkeeper George Opiyo.
Jesse Were was giving Ivan Anguyo problem and in the 11th minute the Ugandan was cautioned for bringing down Were even as pressure piled up on Gor.
In the 20th minute, Jerim Onyango was forced to come out of his line to stop Robert Omunik's goal bound header.
Paul Kiongera then threatened the Tusker defense with a fine run on the right wing where he side stepped Martin Kiiza but his final shot was too shot for Dan Sserunkuma to score as it was stopped by George Opiyo in goal.
The second half was also full of action with both teams balanced in their attempts. Edwin Lavatsa made a long run on 74 minutes picking out Sserunkuma again but the Ugandan was a bit slower and easily lost the ball.
Then Were out-jumped the Gor defense but his header was stopped by Onyango for a corner as the match came to an end.