A goal in each half from captain Evans Amwoka gave former champions Ulinzi Stars a well deserved 2-0 win over Gor Mahia in an entertaining duel at City Stadium on Wednesday.
Ulinzi amazed all and sundry with their changed game being more composed on and off the ball to end Gor Mahia's 20-match unbeaten run and inflict them with the their first defeat of the season.
The soldiers took control of the match leaving Gor, who were the home side, to chase shadows. The soldiers never showed any chance of naivety despite the ever intimidating City Stadium crowd.
After being patient for the first 20 minutes, Ulinzi finally got the much needed lead in the 21st minute through Amwoka, who was the team’s top scorer last season.
After good interchange of passes between Erick Apul and Oliver Kiprutto, the youngster gave a splitting pass to Stephen Ochollah on the left with the midfielder composed to take in a low cross that was turned into the net by Amwoka.
Ulinzi were disciplined in defense and never allowed any ball within their defending 25. Logarusic sensing that the game might be going out of his reach pulled out Rama Salim bringing in another creative player in Kevin Omondi.
That brought some spice into the K’Ogalo's attack and on the half hour mark, Edwin Lavatsa turned inside from a Kelvin Omondi's pass to unleash a shot that rattled the Ulinzi upright.
Still Logarusic was not content with what his side was giving him and he brought on David Owino for Ivan Anguyo, changing his pre-match strategy.
Come the second half, Salim Ali’s game plan was to deny Gor the ball and his boys did exactly that by keeping more of the possession.
Nasio Solomon came off for Yussuf Juma as Logarusic threw his last spanner in the works but that did little to change the face of the game.
Keeper Jacktone Odhiambo’s work was greatly reduced as his defense did most of the work. Chris Wekesa had a chance for Gor late on but he failed to connect to a cross from Danni Sserunkuma, who had done well to shake off Josiah Okello on the right.
Ulinzi would finally drive in the last nail on Gor’s coffin, Amwoka sneaking in behind Israel Emuge and Donald Mosoti to head in a low cross from Oliver Kiprutto in the 77th minute.
The goal calmed down the pace of the game and despite the home side trying hard to nail at least a consolation, Jacktone Odhiambo kept his fourth clean sheet of the season to keep the game at 2-0 and three points for the soldiers.