Tusker 2-1 Gor Mahia: Muchiri, Asike steer Brewers past K'Ogalo
Tusker celebrate win.
Tusker.
The home side fought and got the two goals in the second half after conceding the opener in the first half

Tusker managed to pick up a hard-fought 2-1 win against Gor Mahia in a Football Kenya Federation Premier League encounter at Ruaraka Ground on Thursday.

Eugene Asike's powerful header in stoppage and Boniface Muchiri's brilliantly taken free-kick handed the Brewers the win against K'Ogalo who had taken the lead in the first half courtesy of Tito Okello's effort.

Tusker got the first clear goalscoring chance in the second minute when Sammy Meja delivered an accurate free-kick that was collected by Muchiri, who fired from the edge of the box but goalkeeper Gad Mathews punched it away, only for the ball to land in Henry Meja's path, but the Tusker striker could not find the back of the net from the rebound.

Gor Mahia took the lead in the 14th minute when Okello beat Mike Wanjala with a low drive. The South Sudan international was at the right place to receive the ball from Kenneth Muguna and gave the reigning champions the lead.

Muchiri - who returned to the starting XI to replace injured Luke Namanda - could not find the equaliser in the 19th minute when he blasted wide from close range after he was set through on goal by Kepha Onyango.

Okello could have earned a brace in the 21st minute, but ended up wasting a great chance from almost the exact place he managed to break the deadlock from. The former Vipers forward saw his effort fly way off target as Gor Mahia dominated the early exchanges/

The Brewers were unable to find an equaliser in the 22nd minute when Faraj Ominde's header hit the crossbar. Ominde rose high enough to connect to a cross delivered by Brian Marita only for the woodwork to deny him a goal.

Another chance for Robert Matano's side to restore parity was wasted in the 26th minute when the ball from Muchiri's free-kick hit Meja's back and went out.

After seeing most of his efforts either fly out or stopped by Gor Mahia's Mathews, Muchiri finally found the top corner with a brilliantly taken free-kick in the 56th minute. The attacking midfielder was brought down and took the resultant free-kick that evaded Gor Mahia's wall and landed in the net.

Two minutes after the hour mark, Matano made three changes as Rodgers Aloro, Humphrey Mieno and Christopher Ochieng replaced Christopher Oruchum, Meja and Ominde.

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Gor Mahia's Carlos Manuel Vaz Pinto made his first changes in the 65th minute when Clifton Miheso and Karim Nikiema were replaced by Jules Ulimwengu and Sammy Onyango.

Tusker made further changes in the second minute of added time when Hashim Sempala and Brian Marita left the pitch and their places were taken by Chris Onyango and George Odhiambo.

The changes rejuvenated the Brewers as the pressure piled on Gor Mahia resulted in the second goal that was scored by Asike.