Chemelil Sugar dashed any hopes AFC Leopards’ may have had of clinching the premiership title after winning 3-1 on Saturday at Mumias Complex.
The sugar millers were lifted by goals from Joseph Mwaniki, Victor Omondi and Tony Opondo with Leopard's lone goal coming from Ezekiel Seda.
Chemelil scored their first two goals early in both halves. They first went ahead in the third minute of the match courtesy of Joseph Mwaniki who beat Patrick Matasi in goal with a low effort.
Victor Omondi's goal also came early in the second half with just one minute of play gone when he completed a Mwaniki pass with a hard shot that tricked Matasi into thinking it was going out and the Leopards’ goalkeeper will blame himself for the casual manner he tried to stop the shot.
Leopards’ showed plenty of fighting spirit every time they went down and should have leveled matters in the 12th minute but Martin Imbalambala instead shot straight at Jairus Adira in Chemelil goal.
Then four minutes later Allan Wanga made a break but his goal bound shot was deflected by James Omino for Leopard's second corner. As the clock ticked towards the 20th minute, Paul Were's header went just wide and it was always a matter of time before Leopards' would come into the match.
It did a minute later when Paul Were's shot was punched to the feet of Ezekiel Seda by Adira in Chemelil goal. Seda did not hesitate and had the simplest of tasks scoring the equalizer.
Leopards kept up the pressure even after scoring and Were's 36th minute free-kick was kept out by Adira as the hosts enjoyed better possession. It was however, Chemelil who ended the first half on a high when Georson Likonoh's shot was put out by Matasi. Both Matasi and Chemelil striker Victor Omondi were cautioned as the teams headed for half time break.
Chemelil rested Likonoh for Tony Opondo in the 55th minute while Leopards benched Patilla Omotto for Anthony Kimani. Leopards' substitution was a strategic move that allowed Imbalambala to move to the midfield position and it gave them more lee way upfront as they had attacking options.
This resulted in the first corner for Leopards in the 67th minute with Kimani heading the resultant cross from Were dangerously to the Chemelil goal. Then Jared Omwenga was cautioned for bringing down Allan Wanga as it looked like Leopards would equalize going by their efforts.
However, it was not to be and it is Chemelil who scored a third when substitute Tony Opondo headed in Jonathan Mwaniki's effort enabling his side to continue their dominance over Leopards.