The Alfred Imonje coached side rallied from a goal down to silence Tom Olaba's AFC Leopards in a closely fought duel and pile misery on the struggling sideMuhoroni Youth piled more misery on AFC Leopards on Saturday after edging them out 2-1 in a Kenya Premier League match played at Awendo Stadium.
Coming into the match on the back of a 1-0 win over Western Stima, Ingwe came into Saturday's fixture more determined and were clearly intent on getting early goals.
It did not take long before the goal came. In the 13th minute Martin Imbalambala after some neat interplay with Mike Baraza, found some shooting space outside the box and calmly beat George Ochieng in Muhoroni’s goal for the opener.
Even after the goal, Leopards continued to dominate the proceedings. Mike Barasa and Allan Wanga were a great threat to Muhoroni piling pressure after pressure in a bid to extend their lead.
Muhoroni were content to stay back and rely on counter-attacks to get an equalizer. After 15 minutes, the equaliser eventually came.
After a period of sustained pressure, Youth managed to get the ball out of their box and a quick counter-attack move ended with Collins Neto passing the ball to Joseph Emeka, who beat Martin Musalia in Leopards goal to make it 1-1 in the 28th minute.
Leopards ended the first half on a high after Barasa and Wanga had missed great scoring opportunities with the Youth defense showing some great resilience.
The second half was evenly balanced but it was Youth who got the winning goal in the 54th minute with Neto popping in the box to head home a cross from the cornet after some hesitant defending by their opponents.
Leopards mounted a late rally but it was Youth who were closest to adding a third goal after a quick counter attack put Emeka through but Musalia saved well to deny the former Tusker strike.
Youth’s coach Alfred Imonje was predictably pleased with the determination and grit his team showed especially in defence and said he was confident the team will do very well in the league this season.
On his part, Leopard’s Tom Olaba was left to rue missed chances in the first half but said he was confident the team will continue improving as the league goes on.