The midweek clash played at the City Park Stadium lived up to its billing as a classical university derby. The most notable highlights were the manner in which quickfire goals were scored at both ends.Kenyatta University were guilty of a lapse in concentration as they bizarrely conceded twice shortly after scoring as they lost 2-3 to KCA University in a Kenya Hockey Union men’s Premier League match on Wednesday.
Captain Rodgers Simiyu orchestrated KCAU’s first goal in the eighth minute when he squeezed the ball to veteran Gordon Oduor, the towering Oduor used his lengthy strides to drift to the left and released an unstoppable shot past Kenyatta University shot-stopper Dennis Barasa.
Kenyatta University equalised three minutes later from a penalty corner delivered by Felix Mandela. Captain Lawrence Makhatsa cooly controlled the ball and hit a teasing low shot that went into the bottom right corner of the goal. It was his fifth goal of the campaign.
KCA-U regained the lead barely seconds after the restart with the opposition still drenched in the sensation of their equaliser. Ken Gachara launched a quick counter attack and drove into the circle before squaring the ball to Felix Mochama who slotted home from close range.
The same script was replicated in the 40th minute when Kenyatta University restored parity. Makhatsa, who was tormenting the opposition defence with his technical skill and speed set-up Abel Juma whose low shot side footed Collins Onyango in goal. KCA-U initiated a quick counter attack and as they did earlier and found a goal when Kenyatta University players seemed overjoyed in scoring at the other end. Simiyu cut in from the right wing and set up Arnold Marango who bullishly dived to score in the 41st minute.
“It was a close match given that both sides were attacking. We were not fully prepared because some of the players had examinations so we did not all train together last week. We were a bit shaky in the first two quarters as we conceded the goals but we worked hard to recover in the second half,” Oduor said in his assessment of the match.
Experienced KCA side
“We played well but we did not convert our chances. Our defence was exposed in the build up to the goals. I think it was their experience that won the match. Their understanding of match situations gave them the edge,” Makhatsa said.
Earlier in the match, both sides had golden opportunities to forge ahead. In the 14th minute, Kenyatta University defender Oliver Cheloti slipped, allowing Marango to be through on goal. However, the lanky forward could not score when he was alone with goalkeeper Barasa.
In the 20th minute Kenyatta University’s Hillary Nkodi had the miss of the match. Makhatsa released the simplest of through passes but the forward failed to convert from half a metre out with an open goal at his mercy. There was nobody in sight to block Nkodi’s path to goal.
KCA University 3 Kenyatta University 2