Gorilla bully Mombasa to climb off the bottom

Ahmed Gamal (centre) of Sharkia scored past Butali Warriors goalkeeper Akbar Salman and teammates Kenneth ...
FILE PHOTO: Ahmed Gamal (centre) of Sharkia scored past Butali Warriors goalkeeper Akbar Salman and teammates Kenneth Nyongesa (14) and Saidi Okwemba during the 2016 edition of the Africa Cup of Club Hockey Championships at the City Park Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya on January 07, 2016. Sharkia won 2-0. Photo/Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com

It was a busy weekend for Kenya Hockey as teams from the national league and premier league lined up for action at the City Park, Nairobi.

First up in the lower division national league A, Log leaders Mombasa sports club went head on with Gorilla in the first fixture of the day.

The Coastal based club showed signs of domination in the early exchanges of the match attacking the Gorilla defense on several occasion but failed to capitalize on their chances for a lead thanks to brilliant defending from the Gorilla side.

The Collins Wanyonyi-managed side got a golden chance to take the lead in the second period after they were handed a penalty for an infringement. But then Gabriel Wafumba saw his flick go wide off the mark.

Mombasa Sports Club continued their raid on Gorilla’s defense but failed to get a clear chance to sound the board.

Gorilla who saw less of the ball during the opening periods finally got sight of Mombasa’s 18 yard area but Cyrus Owino’s goal was disallowed for scoring with his back side of the stick.

In the dying minutes of the fourth quarter, Gorilla finally broke the deadlock with less than a minute remaining to take the lead. Jackson Keya took the credit for the goal after a short corner to give his rock bottom side all the three points. Gorilla now have 8 points in the league after only their second win in six matches.

In other results, Thika Rovers hammered Daystar University 5-0, Parklands Sports club moved to 10th in the log after narrowly edging Nakuru Hockey club 1-0, Multimedia university remained rock bottom after they were stunned 4-0 by Sliders.

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