courtesy of michezoafrika.com
Gor Mahia’s march to the top of the Tusker Premier League took another positive stride on Sunday after a labored 1-0 win over Sony Sugar at City Stadium. Man-of-the-match Ugandan Ivan Anguyo headed in the winnernine minutes to the end to break Sony’s hopes and help Gor Mahia overtake Tusker in the log and keep leaders AFC Leopards on check.
The first period clearly belonged to Gor Mahia who launched attack after attack but good defending from Sony managed to keep the score sheet clean. In the 5th minute a good cross from Rama Salim was blocked by Sony keeper Collins Oduor for Gor Mahia’s first corner. From the short corner Moses Odhiambo’s cross was met by Rama Salim whose free header did not trouble the keeper.
Sony captain Sylvester Wanyama’s error gifted Gor Mahia another corner that was easily cleared then Rama Salim’s 15th minute free kick went wide.
Sony then had their first shot on target through Samuel Onyango but keeper Jerim Onyango held the ball comfortably.
In the 20th minute Ali Abondo’s pin point pass to Serunkuma went to waste as the latter’s touch let him down. Five minutes later Serunkuma was fouled by Ogutu at the edge of the box, the resulting free kick was taken by Rama Salim. Sony keeper blocked it as well as a rebound shot from Serunkuma.
With the action not going according to plan, Coach Logarusic opted to bring in Kevin Omondi for Joseph Njuguna in the 33rd minute.
In minute 36, Sony’s lethal man Enock Agwanda had a chance but his strong shot soared above the posts. Immediately on the other side, Donald Mosoti’s try from a long range shot failed miserably.
The teams went for the break tied at nil nil.
Kevin Omondi had the first second half chance but his execution was pathetic. Then Sony created theirs from a long throw by Enock Agwanda that resulted in a corner but the that too went to waste.
In the 67th minute a Donald Mosoti’s header from Moses Odhiambo’s corner had the expectant crowd up in their feet but went wide.
It was Sony’s turn in the 77th minute when Nyangech’s cross was headed straight at keeper Onyango by Enock Agwanda.
Sony Sugar survived another Gor assault when the keeper pulled a lovely save to deny substitute Itumbu Imbem.
In the 81st minute Gor Mahia won a corner that was executed by Moses Odhiambo. Ivan Anguyo rose to powerfully head in for the only goal of the match that brought the packed “Tok Komwanda” into wild jubilation.
The win puts Gor Mahia only two points adrift of leaders AFC Leopards and sets up a sumptuous derby on 23rd September at Kasarani.
Gor Mahia : Fred Onyango,Solomon Nasio (,Itubu Imbem 69’) ,Chris Wekesa,Ivan Anguyo, Ali Abondo(Edwin Lavatsa 59) Donald Mosoti,Athony Akumu,Joseph Njuguna(Kevin Omondi 33) ,Dan Serunkuma,Rama Salim,Moses Odhiambo
Unused Subs: Ivo Mapunda,David Owino,Moses Otieno,Anthony Gathu
Sony Sugar:Collins Oduor,Wycliffe Nyangechi,Vincent Ogutu(Joseph Omweri )Alfred Onyango,Sylvester Wanyama,Dennis Okoth,Samuel Onyango,Francise Ocholla,Enock Agwanda,Marwa Chamberi (Victor Ochieng 56’),Robert Ouma (John Kiplagat 70)
Unused Subs: Wilson Obungu,Eugine Ochieng,Cain Okeyo,Isaiah Omondi