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Strathmore thrash Sliders as Orange fortunes rise

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Winnie Kariuki led Strathmore University Scorpions to a 3 – 0 victory over league regulars Sliders hockey club.

Winnie opened the score sheet in the 10 minute before Laura Gichau extended the lead 12 minutes latter. Carol Njoki wrapped up the scores in the 44th minute, giving Strathmore the unprecedented 3 – 0 win. Sliders lacked in stature and did not offer much resistance.

The win placed pressure on league leaders Orange Ladies who maintained their 4 year unbeaten run through a 1 – 0 win over USIU ladies team. Orange now leads the ladies table with 12 points from 4 matches followed by Strathmore ladies with 9 points from 3 matches. USIU and Sliders tie on 3rd and 4th position respectively with 3 points each. USIU however has a superior goal difference.

Laura Gichau of Strathmore University scorpions

Strathmore University’s mens side The Gladiators also registered an emphatic victory over visiting Kisumu Simba with a 4 – 0 win. Emmanuel Simiyu opened the scores in the 19th minute to give the students a 1 – 0 lead over the halftime break. Brothers Davis Wanangwe and Frank Wanangwe added a goal a piece in the 44th and 51st minute, before Frank rounded up his brace with a 68th minute super shot from the top of the D-area.

Kisumu Simba however have themselves to blame after creating numerous chances but failing to convert. Denis Owoka and Arif Shah failed to convert two penalty strokes in the second half. These coupled with a host of field goal opportunities would have changed the tide of the game.

Strathmore’s Maxwel W. became the first casualty of the new short corner rule, breaking into the D- area before the pusher released the ball. He was sent to the center line. “We had a good game especially in the first half. We lost the discipline that we had in the first half in the second half and ended up losing the game,” Kisumu Simba official Kamal Sembi said after the game.

The weekend was not all bad for Kisumu Simba after they picked three points by beating newly promoted side Karate Axiom 2 – 0 on Saturday. Karate was expected to launch a stiff opposition but were easily overun by their more experienced Kisumu Side. Kisumu was on target with a goal each half.

Brian Otieno scored the opener after 12 minutes of play and teammate William Okech added the second in the 46th.

Other weekend matches saw hosts Mvita hold title contenders Kenya Police to a 1 – 1 draw in Mombasa while struggling Parkroads woes continued with a 2 – 1 loss to Greensharks in the weekend closer at City Park.

The only mens national league match saw a hard fighting Multimedia University (MMU) lose 2 -1 to Thika based side Jomo Kenyatta University (JKUAT).

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