Chris Onyango’s second half goal earned Tusker FC a 1-0 victory over Kariobangi Sharks at the Utalii Grounds on Sunday. The victory hoisted the brewers to 41 points, one behind leaders KCB.
Tusker played an attacking game from the opening minute, keen to bounce back after the midweek disappointing result against Posta Rangers at Ruaraka. Henry Meja and Luke Namanda had two quick back to back chances in the opening six minutes, both shots on target thwarted by Sharks keeper Brandon Obiero.
The boys were in the mood for some goals and Obiero was made to work again, this time saving away Boniface Muchiri’s shot inside the box after he had been put through by a pretty flick on from Meja.
Tusker was forced to make a change midway through the half when Robert Mboya had to go off, and he was replaced by Mike Wanjala.
Meja saw his chance for a ninth goal of the season denied by the crossbar when he fored a first time volley from the edge of the box.
In the second half it was the visitors who were quicker off the blocks and Wanjala was forced to make a good save to tip behind Fredrick Alushula’s effort behind for a corner.
Tusker though got into the lead from a brilliant team move that started all the way from Mike Wanjala in goal. Sammy Meja, named man of the match, curled in a beautiful cross that was headed home by Chris.
Sharks had a soft penalty later, but Wanjala once again did what he does best, saving Douglas Mokaya’s effort.
After the penalty incident, coach Matano made changes, refreshing his midfield with Mieno and Ominde coming off for Apollo Otieno and Hashim Sempala, while Jackson Macharia also came on for Meja.
The team managed to see off the game and pick a morale boosting win.