Owino celebrates the equalizer Image from supersport
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League leaders Gor Mahia staged a spectacular comeback to earn a 2-2 draw with AFC Leopards in a thrilling derby played at Kasarani Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Edwin Wafula and Paul Were had given Ingwe the lead before Sserunkuma and David Owino restored parity.
Gor Mahia dominated the opening exchanges. A blunder by keeper Matasi allowed Sserunkuma steal the ball but Eric Masika was at hand to clear the lurking danger.
In the 10thn minute, Kiongera made inroads into the AFC dander area then unleashed a brilliant shot that Matasi saved.
Two minutes later the action swung to the opposite end. Allan Wanga was first ruled offside. Then Edwin Seda dribbled well from the left wing but his effort ended up in a goal kick for Gor Mahia.
Gor Mahia would have taken the lead in the 15th minute when Eric Masika was outwitted by Sserunkuma who found Kiongera. The latter had three shots on target. First Matasi blocked then the post stood between his way then Nahimana cleared.
At the half hour mark, AFC Leopards Noah Wafula had space and keeper to beat but he delayed in execution thereby allowing Israel Emuge disposes him.
Allan Wanga then made a lovely move from the flank but his shot saved was saved by keeper Jerim Onyango.
In the 33rd minute, Allan Wanga again made a good run on the flank before sending a cross that was met by Edwin Wafula who comfortably beat Onyango for the opener.
AFC leopards led 1-0 at the half time break.
A minute after the interval, Paul Were brought the stadium alive with a nice move but his cross was intercepted for a corner. Peter Opiyo sent a low corner but Onyango had the resultant header comfortably in his gloves.
In the 55th minute, AFC Leopards broke on a counter attack. With two strikers as decoy to distract keeper Onyango, Paul Were chose to go for the shot himself and he curled it perfectly to double the lead.
Gor’s next effort was a low free kick shot by Paul Kiongera in the 56th minute that did not trouble Matasi.
In the 61st minute Dan Sserunkuma tapped into an empty net. Moses Odhiambo’s header from a free kick by Innocent Mutiso had been blocked by the post and before the ball fell on Sserenkuma’s feet and with Matasi out of his place there was no one to deny the Ugandan.
Five minutes to the end, Coach Bobby Williamson threw in Kevin Omondi for Paul Kiongera.In his first move, Omondi lifted the ball to David Owino controlled well with right foot before unleashing a left foot shot past Matasi for the equalizer.
Ssreunkuma had claims of a penalty in the 88th minute when he has pushed by Matasi inside the box but the referee did not entertain the claims.
Mike Baraza came on for Wafula in the 89th minute in the last Ingwe sub but could do little to help his side secure a victory.
The draw leaves Gor Mahia comfortably in the top of the table with 41 points.AFC leopards moved to third spot with 32 points. Ulinzi Stars who have played a game less than the two sides is second on 33 points.
AFC Leopards lineup : Patrick Matasi, Edwin Wafula, Eric Masika, Jonas Nahimana, Abdallah Juma, Martin Imbalambala, Peter Opiyo, Edwin Seda (Charles Okwemba 65), Paul Were (Micheal Khamati 78), Noah Wafula (9 Mike Baraza 89′), Allan Wanga.
Unused Subs: Martin Musalia, Abbas Kiwalabye, Patilla Omotto, Oscar Kadenge
Gor Mahia line up: Fredrick Onyango, Solomon Nasio 9 ( 5. Musa Mohamed 54’), David Owino, Donald Mosoti, Israel Emuge, Anthony Akumu, Erick Ochieng, Moses Odhiambo (9. Edwin Lavatsa 79) , Innocent Mutiso, Dan Sserunkuma, Paul Kiongera(14. Kevin Omondi 85).
Unused Subs: 23. Joel Bataro. 20. Joseph Njuguna. 10. Paul Odhiambo,18. Ivan Anguyo.
Yellow Cards : Martin Imbalambala, Allan Wanga