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Police arrest students, rob Vaisakhi trophy from them

Strathmoe captain Lilian Aura (white) in action against Orange's Njeri in a past encounter

April 26, 2011.. Kenya Police (men) and Telkom Orange (women) on Monday displayed class to retain their Vaisakhi International tournament titles at the City Park Hockey Stadium.

The champions chalked up dazzling shows especially in the second half, edging out Strathmore University sides, Gladiators and Scorpions 5-2 and 2-0, respectively.

The men in blue pulled the trigger through Felix Okoth and Samuel Oungo in 40th and 70th minutes.

In the women’s final, Orange called from behind as Jackline Mwangi rifled in a hat-trick in the 19th, 25th and 61st minutes to propel them to victory.

Carol Guchu (28th) and Audrey Omaido (67th) also affirmed their supremacy with classy goals.

But it was Scorpions who drew first blood with Winnie Odhiambo’s 14th minute goal before Miriam Oundo’s 30th sizzler that saw them trail 2-3 at the interval.

In the men’s match, Police were the first to pound Gladiators battle front from the flanks and mid-field but met a composed varsity students defence.

Police, however, got two short corners which Moses Cheplaiti and James Munyi missed as Gladiators keeper Linus Sang lived up to his hot billing to stop them. Munyi created superb leeway for Willis Okeyo but he astonishingly fired out to the amazement of the many.

Ken Kaunda’s charges easily countered the varsity students to earn two more penalty corners but failed in the final touch, including skipper Richard Birir’s block-buster that Sang stretched for a stunning save for a goalless first half.

Strathmore signalled that they meant business on resumption. Police cleared for a quick counter that ended when Okoth smashed home immediately after straying into the Gladiators penalty box from the mid. Oungo then sneaked in the winner on the stroke of full time.

In the women’s encounter, Orange’s defence that initially looked shaky capitulated to Scorpions’ unrelenting attacks when Lilian Aura put Odhiambo through for the opener in the 14th minute.

“Our defence sunk to fast-paced attacks in the initial minutes, but we managed to settle. We had to step up for some quick passes,” said Orange skipper Doreen Barasa. “We had to change the pattern by not carrying the ball much.”

Orange hit back, equalised and grabbed the lead through Mwangi’s strikes from a field goal and a penalty corner.

By Ayumba Ayodi

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