Gotv Shield defending champions Gor Mahia increased chances of clinching a double after they strode into semi-finals of the knock out tournament beating Western Stima 2-0 at Nyayo Stadium on Saturday.
Ugandan import Dan Sserunkuma scored twice, extending his tally of goals in the tourney to five, and give K’Ogalo the much needed victory. Stima looked clueless from first whistle as they allowed the home side to run rings around them.
Gor Mahia looked comfortable with and without the ball and they looked dangerous with every move they made. Stima defense had to be alert always to keep tabs with the swift attacks poured on them.
Ugandan Shafik Batambuze, who started at Stima’s left side of defense, made a crucial interception in 17th minute to prevent Joseph Wanyonyi from getting to the end of an Erick Ochieng’s pass. The former Bandari man had been bossing midfield for most of opening minutes and he would have sent Wanyonyi clear for the opener.
Gor Mahia continued picking possession while Stima chased shadows. Mungai Kiongera had a chance on 34 minutes but his shot went wide. Kiongera had picked up the ball on the right after a defensive mix up in Stima box, Edwin Lavatsa having headed the ball away from David Juma’s path and the Stima defense clearing half heartedly.
Erick Ochieng had a shot go over on 37 minutes after picking up another lousy clearance just at the edge of the box. George Wesa had attempted to clear the ball off, but it only went as far as Ochieng’s feet. A minute later, Edwin Lavatsa saw his volley hit the bar after a pass from Mungai Kiongera.
Joseph Wanyonyi had initiated the move from his own half line, passing to Kiongera who chipped in a cross on his left foot. Gor’s pressure finally paid dividends in the 41st minute, Dan Sserunkuma riffling a shot from inside the box after Erick Ochieng’s pass. The Ugandan doubled his tally four minutes later with another one time shot from Edwin Lavatsa’s ball.
Stima improved their act in second period and they began to comfortably keep possession. Ivo Mapunda was put under his first test of the match just three minutes from the restart, making a superb one handed save to deny Wesley Kemboi.
The visitors constantly knocked on K’Ogalo’s door, but they failed to knit in a consolation. On the opposite side, Edwin Lavatsa had a shot being saved by David Juma after Sserunkuma had laid off the ball for him. Shafik Batambuze tried his luck twice from set pieces but the ball went just over in both instances.