Mathare United Take Home Slum Derby Bragging Rights
The Sharks were on Wednesday unable to overcome the threat of Mathare United and lost 2-1 in a rescheduled FKF Premier League match played at the Kasarani Stadium Annex.
Sharks youth graduate Matthew Kibiwott scored his first goal in the topflight early in the second half to level matters after Donald Ange had given the visitors the lead in the first half via a penalty. The lads were unable to capitalize on this and conceded the winner through Daniel Otieno with six minutes left on the clock.
The loss is our second in back-to-back matches and extends our winless run to four games. We remain in 13th place on the standings with 16 points but have the advantage of having played a game less than the teams above us.
Being a Slum derby the game saw minimal chances created in the opening exchanges as both teams chose to keep things tight and compact. But on the half-hour mark, the visitors would get the breakthrough when Ange, racing through to meet a through ball, was cluttered into inside the area resulting in a penalty which he dispatched.
Coach William Muluya made a tactical change after going behind, sacrificing Tyson Otieno for Paul Okoth.
The lads would dominate proceedings to conclude the half with Shariff Musa, Geoffrey Onyango and Fortune Omoto all coming close to scoring.
The boys started the second half with more vigour and quickly found the equalizer just two minutes after the restart when Kibiwott rounded the keeper to finish with aplomb and net his debut goal in the premier league.
Paul Okoth would force for Sharks Youth goalkeeper Bernard Jairo into a finger-tip save with a well-planted header in the 78th minute. The lads would however end up ruing the missed opportunity and domination in the half as against the run of play, Daniel Otieno found the winner for Mathare by flicking a header with his back to goal over Kevin Ouru who had come to collect.
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