courtesy of futaa.com
Tusker FC had two men sent off in their match against Gor Mahia on Wednesday 26 March but still managed to hold their own to register a 1 – 1 draw with the champions at the Nyayo National Stadium and in the process stretch their unbeaten run in the season to six matches.
K’Ogalo would have gone ahead as early as the eighth minute were it not for Samuel Odhiambo’s brilliant save that tipped Kevin Omondi’s dipping attempt clear for a corner and seven minutes later Solomon Nasio released a long searching pass that beat the Tusker back line but Odhiambo raced out well to clear under pressure from Dan Sserunkuma.
On 18 minutes, Tusker’s Robert Omunuk escaped with just a yellow card after tripping Shaban Kenga from behind. That was two minutes before Kevin Omondi found himself in another great position in the Tusker box but his shot on the volley was well read by Odhiambo who produced a good save.
From the ensuing attack, Tusker thought they had taken the lead when Jesse Were netted but the ball was pulled back for offside and three minutes later a misplaced foot saw Andrew Tololwa waste another great chance for the Brewers.
First on target
It didn’t take too long thereafter for Tusker to register their first shot on target – nice build up released Jesse on the right side of the box but his shot was too timid to trouble Jerim Onyango in the Gor Mahia goal.
On the half hour mark Kenga should have done better after capitalizing on Jockins Atudo’s miss in the box but after a fine first touch he could only hit the side net and two minutes later the champions registered their biggest miss when from a counter Omondio was released but after beating the keeper he could only watch as the ball bounced off the bar.
Tusker went close seven minutes later through Jesse on a free kick that was punched back to play by Jerim and Ismail Dunga’s follow up went high and wide even though he had already been flagged offside.
Then came the telling moment on 41 minutes as Gor Mahia won a corner floated in by Innocent Mutiso and Shakava at the far end leapt highest to head home the opener and give Gor Mahia a half time lead.
On resumption, Gor Mahia threatened after a long Kelvin Oluoch pass from defence found Kelvin Omondi and the flag stayed down but the forward could only hit wide with a hushed shot.
Tusker thereafter showed more purpose and managed to grab the equalizer in the 53rd minute when Ismail Dunga netted from the spot after Kelvin Oluoch’s foul on Jesse Were in the box.
Gor Mahia, in dire need of a win after a loss and a draw in the previous two games, went close through Geoffrey Kizito whose shot hit the post and Kevin Omondi’s follow up was high and wide.
Two red cards
A moment of madness followed, as in the 70th minute, Martin Kiiza had a nasty tackle on Patrick Oboya who had just come in as a substitute and referee Sylvester Kirwa showed him a straight red. His mate Lloyd Wahome followed him seven minutes later after a foul on Dan Sserunkuma but the ten – time champions still managed to hold on for a point.