AFC leopards beat Vihiga United 3-1 to climb up to third spot in the Football Kenya Federation Premier League standings at Thika Stadium.

Leopards’ Harrison Mwendwa was a constant threat in the left wing and he stood out in the match as he assisted all three goals his side scored.

Both teams came into the match hoping for the three points for different reasons. AFC Leopards wanted to put their woeful run behind as well as wanting to finish as high as possible while Vihiga United needed a win to help their chances of survival.

Leopards were first to threaten with Elvis Rupia unleashing a stinging effort that was tipped over by keeper Morgan Ambuka.

They went ahead minutes later after a good four man move and only three passes from the goalkeeper to the goal.

Ochan released Collins Shivachi on the left who in turn passed to Harry Mwendwa who did well to beat his men and his low cross was brilliantly controlled by Rupia, who touched and turned, with that movement leaving defenders for dead before calmly slotting the ball into the net for his fifteenth of the season.

Vihiga then slowly grew into the game and Benjamin Ochan had to be alert to keep out Isaac Otieno’s effort.

They then had a chance shortly after that but Wyckliffe Nthata’s shot cannoned off the crossbar and was immediately cleared to avert danger.

Leopards who by then had been playing some entertaining football then got a second after Mwendwa, who was proving too hot to handle down the left-hand side beat his markers and squared the ball to Austin Odhiambo whose left foot strike hit the back of the net with keeper rooted to the ground.

Vihiga United started the second half better, confident they would get something out of the match but things would get even more difficult shortly after.

A counter attack by AFC Leopards caught the Vihiga backline by surprise and Mwendwa calmly squared the ball to Peter Thiongo who scored his side’s third of the encounter.

They nearly scored a fourth after another swift attack presented Rupia with a chance at the edge of the box but his strike hit the woodwork.

Vihiga United by then had rarely troubled Benjamin Ochan and they had a glorious chance but was not calm enough and his effort blazed way over in a promising position.

Despite that, they did not give up and were constantly probing Leopard’s defense and they got a consolation after a searching cross by Isaac in the area was turned in by substitute Kevin Omondi.

Leopards had several late chances to add gloss to the score line but Ambuka bailed out his team and the game subsequently ended three goals to one.

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