Stima well deserved the win after laboring and outdoing Ulinzi in both halves of the closely fought contest.
Apart from two chances Ulinzi had in the first half, Stima were largely dominant, making maximum use of their home ground.
Captain Evans Amwoka had a free-kick saved by Stima custodian Ben Mandela with defender Josiah Okello fluffing another chance in the 8th minute after the Stima defense failed to decisively deal with Stephen Waruru’s free-kick.
Stima took the steering wheel of the match after that with Dennis Onkangi forcing a goaline clearance out of Mulinge Ndetto in the 33rd minute after Hudson Muhako’s free-kick was punched off by Jacktone Odhiambo.
Odhiambo was furious at his defense which was slow in reacting and clearing the ball away after he had labored to save it from danger.
Stima came close to the first goal of the match in the first minute of additional time in the first half but Job Omuse’s diving header with the goalmouth at his mercy went over the bar, again the Ulinzi defense failing to quickly react to a save from Jacktone Odhiambo, who had punched back to play a Fred SHimonyo’s header from a corner.
Stima never let their feet off the speed pedal adding more gas upfront. They had appeals for a penalty assumed by referee Fidelis Wekesa in the 56th minute after Josiah Okello seemed to have handled the ball inside the box from a Nick Akoko cross.
Hudson Muhako had a ferocious shot flying over the bar after he turned his marker inside out from the left side and unleashed the screamer.
When the match seemed to be destined for a stalemate, Dennis Onyango pulled a rabit from his hat with a shot from 30 yards out, beating Jacktone Odhiambo who was largely Ulinzi’s best man of the day. The win is a sigh of relief to Coach Francis Baraza who earns his first win of the league while at Stima.
For Salim Ali at Ulinzi, it is now back to the drawing board as they seek to brighten a largely bad performance against Stima, with Muhoroni Youth visiting their Afraha backyard this coming weekend.