Reigning champions Gor Mahia have stretched their lead at the summit of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) table to 54 points after edging out archrivals AFC Leopards 1-0 at MISC Kasarani on Sunday.
Boniface Omondi found the back of the net in the 27th minute to send the Green Army terraces into a celebration frenzy as K’Ogalo continued stamping their dominance over archrivals Ingwe, claiming their 30th victory in the traditional Mashemeji Derby with a slim 1-0 win.
Gor made the first inroads at their opponents in the opening minutes of the game, Clifton Miheso darting down the left channel past his markers to unleash a shot that went flying wide.
Moments later K’Ogalo failed to utilize a set piece following an infringement a few yards from the penalty area when Leopards’ skipper Robinson Kamura threw himself infront of a rasping shot to block a Kenneth Muguna nicely delivered effort.
Moments later, Austin Odhiambo waltzed his way past the solid Gor defence to serve Elvis Rupia with a beautiful through pass, but Boniface Oluoch stood tall in goal to thwart the raid.
Gor, almost immediately, executed a brisk counter attack, but Leopards deployed their defence to scuttle Muguna’s threat from the right channel.
Leopards could have restored parity in the 23rd minute but a feeble header by Rupia from Jaffary Owiti’s cross landed safely in Oluoch’s hands much to the relief of Gor Mahia’s fans.
It was Ingwe on the receiving end once more as Gor took the fight to them yet again in the 27th minute, this time around Boniface Omondi putting the ball away after a corner by Clifton Miheso led to a goalmouth melee.
Gor could have doubled the lead in the 3st minute but Kamura was once again called to rescue the day for Leopards, moving in fast in the nick of time to intercept Omondi’s dangerous delivery from the right flank.
An end to end game it was, and barely a couple of minutes later, Charles Momanyi headed away Austin Odhiambo’s effort from a counter attack.
Vincent Oburu squandered a chance that could have drawn Leopards level after his 38th minute feebly delivered shot easily settled in the hands of on-form Oluoch after a brilliant build-up play.
Nicholas Kipkirui rued his missed chance, failing to connect a begging pass just before break.
Rupia was the villain, wasting two chances in quick succession, first fumbling with the ball infront of goal after he failed to exhibit the first touch of a quality player, and thereafter in the 50th minute when his rasping shot got blocked by Oluoch.