Coach Dylan Kerr suffered his first defeat as Kogalo coach when his side went down 0-1 to Mathare United at Thika municipal stadium. It was a mirror image of the first leg. Gor Mahia seem unable to adapt their game to that field.
Additional reporting from goal.com
Mathare United handed coach Dylan Kerr his first defeat after edging out Gor Mahia 1-0 in a Kenyan Premier League match at Thika Stadium on Saturday.
Chrispine Oduor’s goal in the fifth minute made all the difference as Mathare United completed a double over the KPL league leaders by an identical scoreline.
Gor Mahia had started well with Meddie Kagere breaking free from the right and beating Samuel Olwande in defence but his resultant effort went wide.
Two minutes later, Gor Mahia were forced to make an early substitution when Ian Wafula was brought in for Karim Nizigiyimana.
Then the tide quickly turned as Mathare seem to take control and the result was their early goal.
Oduor created space for himself on the left and picked out Cliff Nyakeya who returned the favour and the latter beat Boniface Oluoch with a low shot at the bottom right corner for Mathare’s opener in the fifth minute.
After the goal, Mathare continued to pile pressure. In the 21st minute, Edward Seda’s free kick from the edge of the box went inches wide.
Then two minutes later, Boniface Oluoch was forced to come out to deny Mathare United once again from a corner kick.
Nyakeya’s shot in the 33rd minute went just wide.
One minute later, Gor Mahia midfielder Francis Kahata was denied by Lewis Opiyo in goal for Mathare from a well taken volley.
The Slum Boys were the more ambitious side at the start of the second half with Chris Ochieng’s shot blocked by Oluoch.
At the hour mark, Edward Seda’s free kick hit the Gor wall. Jacques Tuyisenge came close to equalising for Gor, but his header hit the roof with a quarter of an hour to go.
Kahata was denied once again by Opiyo from a free kick as Gor continued to pile pressure.