Late penalty mishap deny Strathmore first win

Strathmore Leos chase for the first win of the season is still on as they were held to a 19-19 draw by Oilers in an early kick off match played at Nakuru Athletic Club. 

Heading to this clash, Oilers were placed 10th with one win while Strathmore were yet to win this season and they were rooted at the foot of the log. The visitors settled fast in the game and kept Oilers on the back foot in the opening 20 minutes. By the 17th minute, Strathmore were leading 10-0.

The first attempt to take a lead in the game earned Leos a penalty, but  Matoka Matoka sent his kick wide. He later amended for his earlier miss by hitting the target for the first points of the game.  Matoka would then add two more points to their scores after Clinton Imbuye gave the side the opening try of the game.

After the 20th  minute mark, Oilers started to grow into game but their attempts to score were thwarted by handling errors in very promising positions. The side failed to take lead despite their opponents being reduced to 14 men after Walter Oteku was sin-binned.

Derrick Keyoga saw his penalty attempt go wide while debutant Austin Sikutwa’s try was canceled by the referee. Having not conceded in the game, Strathmore would go to break with a 10 point lead.

On return from the break, Oilers picked from where they left with their quest to come back in the game being boosted by a sin-bin to Strathmore Leos’s scrumhalf Arnold Muita. Oilers immediately punished their guests with Chrispine Shitundo going over for their first try of the game.

An offload from the Derrick Mbarire saw Emman Okwako go over and the side led for the first time in the game, despite Sikutwa failing to add the extras. Lucas Opal penalty at the other end saw John Mbai coached side reclaim the lead before Matoka widened the gap with two penalties.

Oilers kept the hope alive by pushing their guests backfoot. They ran the ball in several phases before Bildad Ogeta was released but he was caught before he touched down. A handling error by Matoka gifted Oilers a try that was converted for a 19-19 scoreline.

Matoka missed the chance to hand Leos first win of the season after he send wide his penalty attempt at the 80th minute.

OILERS:  1. Rashid Shimoka 2. Hillary Malweyi 3. Vincent Mwikali 4. Chrispine Shitindo 5. Brian Ndirangu 6. Nickson Ochieng 7. Clinton Odhiambo 8. Aziz Annan 9. Andrew Odero 10. Moses Arara -C 11. Bildad Ogeta 12. Emman Okwako 13. Austin Sikutwa* 14. Derrick Mbaire 15. Derrick Keyoga

Replacements 16. Kevin Mukoyani 17. Mike Mare* 18. Vincent Oduor 19. Edwin Korir * 20. Ian Mwau 21. Amos Onyinkwa 22. Theophilus Lusangalu 23. Antony Kibet

Strathmore 1. Arnold Omollo 2. Clinton Imbuye 3. James Wanjala 4. Fanuel Aduda 5. Austine Mboya 6. Barnabas Owuor 7. Philemon Olang 8.Bethuel Anami  9. Arnold Muita. 10 Lucas Opal (c) 11. Ali 12. Wiseman Aganya 13. Walter Oteku 14. Alex Maina 15. Matoka Matoka

Replacements: 16.Barry Guda 17 18.Jack Ang Angawa  20. Mogaya Mathews, 21. Gideon Makumi 22.Richard Omedo 23 John Juma


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