Ulinzi 2-1 Muhoroni: Soldiers pocket valuable points

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Ulinzi Stars bagged all the points against their visitors Muhoroni Youth on Saturday

Ulinzi Stars came into the match targeting their third straight win after victories against Thika United and Sofapaka, while Muhoroni Youth were searching for their first victory after draws against Chemelil Sugar and Muhoroni Youth.

It was the three-times champions who started the match well winning an early corner that unfortunately bore no fruits. It was a balanced affair in the first twenty minutes or so, with ball flying from one end to another, but neither team was clinical enough in front of goal.

The Soldiers' confidence grew as time went on, and their resilience paid off after a half a hour mark. Oliver Rutto did well to go past his marker before feeding Samwel Onyango who did well to put it in and give his side a deserved lead.

That opener was a wakeup call for Muhoroni Youth to up the tempo, something they did, but until the half-time whistle, it was Ulinzi Stars,who were leading by a solitary goal.

After the break, the Military Games defending champions came back stronger pinning their counterparts from Awasi in their own half. The visitors made a change after half an hour mark, bringing in Thomas Venval who replaced Philip Muchuma.

But once again it was Ulinzi Stars, who scored the second courtesy of Boniface Onyango, who effectively converted Mike Otieno's cross. The home side were reduced to ten men after Brian Birgen received his matching orders following a dangerous tackle.

The numerical advantage did not work for the visitors as expected, and Venval's late strike turned out to be just a consolation for the Awasi-based side.

Ulinzi Stars: Jacktone Odhiambo ,Brian Birgen, Geoffrey Kokoyo, Mohammed Hassan, Oliver Ruto, Boniface Onyango, Churchill Muloma, Daniel Waweru, Michael Otieno, Stephen Waruru and Samuel Onyango.

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Subs: James Saruni, Alex Masinde, Cylus Shitote, John Kago, Evans Amwoka, Enosh Ochieng' and Oscar Wamalwa.

Muhoroni Youth:Salim Sowedi, James Ogada, Robert Mudenyu,Jacob Faina, Paul Muchika,Collins Agade, Mohamed Mwachiponi, Kennedy Rono, Tom Adwar, Daniel Otieno and Philip Muchuma.

Subs:Gradus Ochieng', Maxwell Onyango, Walter Omara, Paul Mboya, Ambrose Ayoyi, Eric Baki and Thomas Venval.