Bidco United ended AFC Leopards’ ambition to go top of the Betking Premier League (BPL) standings with a 3-1 thrashing at Ruaraka grounds on Sunday.
Both teams started strongly in search of an early goal but it was Bidco United who drew the first blood through Alex Juma with just six minutes of play. Juma pounced onto a loose ball from Fabrice to find the back of the net past Benjamin Ochan.
At the quarter-hour mark of the match, Robinson Kamura came close to draw Leopards level, the defender made a solo run into Bidco’s backline but his hard low shot missed the target.
Seven minutes later, Leopards came close yet again, Hansel Ochieng and Elvis Rupia combined well but Ochieng’s effort narrowly missed the target going over the bar with Mukolwe well beaten in goal.
At the half-hour mark, Bidco came back to life and close to doubling their lead. Alex Juma set up Waruru Stephen through on the left wing, the forward made a good run into the Leopard’s box but his final touch missed the target much to Ingwe’s relief.
Seven minutes into the first half break, Leopards yet again almost drew level, a low through ball delivery by Mainge to Said Tsuma, Tsuma with a beautiful first touch took a hard short but went straight into Mukolwe’s arm.
A minute into the break, Bidco doubled their lead through Peter Nzuki. The midfielder stepped up to take on a free kick after Erick Gichimu was brought down by Said Tsuma. A low shot by Nzuki rolled into the back of the net as Ochan looked helpless.
Upon resumption, Leopards made an early double change, Said Tsuma and Caleb Olilo paved way for Peter Thiongo and Shaka Bienvenue to add punch upfront but the change did little to trouble a solid Bidco defense.
On the hour mark of play, Bidco almost added a third of the game, Alex Juma made a quick run down the right flank to set up David Orem, the striker’s goal-bound shot troubled Ochan.
Against the run of play, Bidco added a third of the game through David Orem. The forward rose high heading in a beauty past Ochan from a Peter Nzuki’s delivery.
With eight minutes of play remaining, Leopards pulled a goal back through second-half substitute Bienvenue Shaka. The midfielder picked up Harrison Mwendwa’s delivery to slot in past Edwin Mukolwe but did little as Bidco held firmly to sink Leopards hopes of a possible comeback.