Francis Kahata scored a goal 5 minutes into injury time to give Gor Mahia a hard earned Victory over Western Stima. It was tense match in which Stima fought doggedly.
Additional reporting courtesy of futaa.com
Second half substitute Francis Kahata thumped in a power-header in the last minute of added time to ensure that Gor Mahia took home the entire points from their Sunday 14 May Kenyan Premier League round 13 match against tough hosts Western Stima at the Moi Stadium Kisumu.
Gor Mahia kicked off the match on a running noted with youngster Eric Ouma setting up Blackberry from the left but the latter was brought down by Esiye in Stima defence as he attempted to make a shot out of it.
Western Stima however recovered quickly with Kenneth Muguna leading the attack on Gor Mahia. It was however Nzigimana who made a second attempt in the 8th minute with a cross from whixh Andika almost fumbled with as Blackberry waited to pounce on. Blackberry would moments later make a run and cross aiming at advancing Tuyisenge but Sikhayi blocked his path before again missing from a pinpoint header from a Walusimbi cross.
Stima responded as swiftly with Musa Mohammed being forced to make two frantic saves from a Shimonyo-Muguna combination. The former’s freekick then was cleared by Shakava as it headed for goal in the 28th minute. Baron Okech stole the show in the 30th minute however after leaving Gor Mahia defenders and midfielders for dead before making a full pitch length run through the left wing only to delay in the Gor Mahia area and allow Muda Mohammed to slide in and block the shot.
Stima defender Vitalis Akumu would display similar skill and intelligence moments later after saving from the goalmouth after Aucho connected with the Walusimbi freekick,followed by a Nzigimana back-flick that was headed for goal. Gor Mahia then made an early sub bringing on board Innocent Wafula for less effective Ronald Omino as they fought to solidify their midfield that Stima were taking control of continuously. Tuyisenge’s shot was then blocked by Shimonyo with a Blackberry shot flying over the post.
Wafula made the first significant move in the 42nd minute but his finishing proved wanting as Vitalis Akumu cleared the ball from his feet. Shimonyo was not done yet from a counter attack after being fed by Muguna but his left-out footer also flew wide.
Stima brought on board Ondiek in place of Esiye in a move to solidify their defence but Gor Mahia was not relenting as Nzigimana cross almost found Andika unawares but he dealt with it. Shimonyo however remained a thorn in Gor Mahia defence as he took on two defenders but he was brought down.
The hosts were not done yet as Baron and Muguna seemed to combine well as they had been doing for the entire of the match but the latter was stopped in his tracks before going for the killer. Blackberry then found Aucho but the latter blasted the shot over the bar with the goalkeeper only to beat.
Both sides made significant changes with Stima introducing Kiplangat in the offensive as Gor Mahia brought on board Kahata. The latter had an immediate impact as his corner was cleared by Sikhai as Ouma attempted a bicycle kick inside the box. Oketch was injured after he had made an impressive run through the wing only for Aucho to save it for a corner. He was replaced by former Gor Mahia man Kopany. The latter also clicked well but he lost balls easily in midfield and caught offside on one occasions thereafter.
Gattuso was then replaced by Agwanda and this proved the final blow to the Stima side that had now decided to be defensive as he brought in dangerous crosses that piled pressure on them at the minute. The goal finally arrived in the last minute of the match from a corner after eric Ouma had bee hacked down by Sikhayi earning him a freekick which was then blocked for a corner as Stima engaged frantic defending. They were not lucky this time as Kahata rose high to head in, squeezing the powerful header at the bear post.
Gor Mahia have now piled pressure on the table toppers after storming into third with this win and made their intentions to defend the title more vivid.