Kariobangi Sharks beat Nzoia Sugar 3-1 at the Thika Municipal Stadium in Friday’s Football Kenya Federation Premier League match.
Goals from Eric Kapaito who scored a brace and Peter Lwasa effort was enough for Sharks while Hillary Simiyu scored the consolation for Nzoia.
The win put Kariobangi Shark’s three-game losing streak to a halt and also improved their chances of finishing in the top four in the league.
The match started quietly, with proceedings happening around the middle of the pitch and with both unable to get into each other’s attacking third.
Kariobangi Sharks then slowly grew into the game and went ahead shortly, with Eric Kapaito turning and finishing smartly, leaving goalkeeper Benson Mangala no chance of saving it. Kariobangi Sharks continued dominating proceedings but were struggling to breakdown the resolute Nzoia Sugar defense.
Their dominance nearly paid off as they almost scored a second after an accurate long ball by goalkeeper Brian Bwire evaded the Nzoia defenders and found Kapaito in space but his fierce strike agonizingly hit the woodwork.
Four minutes later, their efforts were rewarded as they doubled their lead after a good delivery by Julius Masaba from the wing was tapped in by Kapaito to give his side some cushion in the game.
Kariobangi Sharks started the second half as they had ended the first as they continued to dictate play, knowing the two goals scored gave them a sense of security.
Nzoia Sugar then had their biggest chance to score after a foul on the edge of the box presented Gabriel Wandera with a chance to half the deficit and his fierce drive forced Bwire to make a wonderful fingertip save to maintain their two-goal lead.
Nzoia were then offered a lifeline after John Kuol made a rash challenge on Substitute Hillary Simiyu and center referee Anthony Ogwayo promptly pointed to the spot.
Simiyu made no mistake from the spot kick, scoring his fifth goal in the last five games while also setting up a nervy final minutes for Sharks. Despite the setback, Kariobangi Sharks did not seem to lose focus and with two minutes left, they added another after Kapaito’s measured pass was finished by Peter Lwasa to register their fourteenth win of the season.