Deogratious Ojok came off the bench to score the winning goal at the death, as Tusker FC beat AFC Leopards 2-1 at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on Sunday.

AFC Leopards’ Nigerian striker Ojo Olaniyi had also come off the bench to score the equalizer in the 83rd minute to cancel out Lawrence Luvanda’s early first half goal, but Ojok settled the tie in a dramatic end to the entertaining fixture.

Tusker had a brilliant start to the match, pinning Leopards in their own half and creating chance after chance. In the fifth minute, an inch perfect cross from Luvanda found Ibrahim Joshua isolated in the box, but the Tanzanian’s header was well saved by Levis Opiyo in AFC’s goal.

Two minutes later, an interchange of passes between Humphrey Mieno and John Njuguna saw the latter send Luvanda through with a brilliant through ball. The winger made a good run on the left but his final shot missed the target by a whisker.

He however got his goal and was gifted for a good start in the 13th minute. Shaphan Oyugi picked the ball in midfield from Charles Momanyi’s headed clearance before sending Luvanda through on the right.

The winger did well to glide past keeper Opiyo before slotting into an empty net for his first goal in Tusker colors. This was his second goal contribution in as many matches, having laid off an assist against Gor Mahia last weekend.

The brewers should have had a second in the 18th minute when Ibrahim did well to beat Joachim Oluoch on the left, but his eventual shot rolled across the face of goal.

Six minutes later, AFC were feeling the pressure and they had a big let off, this time Joachim clearing Sakari’s effort off the line. The right back had made a marauding run on the right before breaking into the box and dinking over the keeper, but the ball was cleared a millimetre away from being a goal.

The visitors however gradually grew into the game and they had a chance when John Makwatta made a quick turn at the edge of the box, but his shot flew over the bar. The striker had another chance when he broke away on the left, but Christopher Oruchum made a vital block to deny him.

In the second half, they kept their offensive advantage. Substitute Olaniyi had a chance when he broke away on the left but his shot was saved by Patrick Matasi. On the hour mark, there was a huge let off when Victor Omune dinked the ball behind the defense but luckily, Makwatta’s volley went over.

The boss made offensive changes, Ojok and Stewart Omondi coming on for Ibrahim and Luvanda after 72 minutes.

But, it was Leopards who would score next, Olaniyi backheeling the ball into the net with seven minutes left after the backline failed to convincingly clear away a freekick.

But, Tusker didn’t give up the fight and Ojok grabbed all three points with virtually the last kick of the game. Sakari brilliantly won the ball on the right before slicing a cross into the box. Ojok perfectly timed his run to beat the offside trap and slot the ball home.

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