Sofapaka FC cut Gor Mahia's lead at the top of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) table to just four points, albeit perhaps only temporarily, following their 2-0 win against 10-man Western Stima at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos on Wednesday.
The Power Men came into the match fully motivated after collecting four points from their last two games, against relegation-threatened Mount Kenya United and leaders Gor Mahia.
Meanwhile, Batoto ba Mungu threw away a two-goal lead against Tusker FC to draw 2-2 last weekend, and they were keen on making amends in order to stand a chance of winning the league this season.
After a dull opening quarter, the hosts slowly grew into the game and in the 21st minute, they were rewarded with the opener.
The lively John Avire danced his way past his marker before passing the ball to Brian Magonya, who picked the unmarked Kepha Aswani in the 12-yard area, and he perfectly placed the ball in the back of the net.
Western Stima's Morris Ojwang was cautioned in the 23rd minute after clipping Magonya about 35-yards from the goal. Avire took the resulting free-kick but he could not find the target. However, he was rewarded for his hard work in the 29th minute.
Sofapaka captain George Maelo played a long ball into Stima's danger zone and Avire headed the ball past the onrushing Samuel Odhiambo to double the advantage.
With about nine minutes to the half-time interval, former Kibera Black Stars striker Henry Onyango managed to find his way into Batoto ba Mungu's 18-yard area, but his curling effort sailed just wide off the mark.
Stima looked better in the second half, pinning their hosts in their side of the pitch as they looked for inspiration.
Jacob Faina marshaled the Sofapaka defense well, ensuring that the team does not concede a goal, perhaps out of fear that his side could crumble like they did against Tusker.
The Babu Salim-led side were reduced to 10 men after Berry Kote was sent off, giving Sofapaka a numerical advantage, but that did not mattered much as neither of the sides could get another goal.
The reduced gap at the top will nonetheless depend on the outcome of Gor Mahia's match against Chemelil Sugar later on the same day.