A last-gasp Chris Oduor goal deep in stoppage time at the Narok Stadium helped secure a 2-1 win for Mathare United in their relegation dogfight encounter with Vihiga United played on Wednesday.
A frantic final 10 minutes saw Lawrence Luvanda cancel out Kennedy Ochieng’s first-half goal with a contentious penalty before Oduor popped up with a close range finish in the 91st minute.
Both teams have spent the majority of the season inside the relegation zone and neither team could have afforded to drop points in this one with each team’s topflight status threatened with every machday that goes by.
Mathare, though not out of the woods yet, gave their survival hopes a huge boost with the win – their third of the campaign – which lifted them to within two points of safety.
Vihiga are a point above them and have the benefit of having played a game less.
A game of two halves, it was Mathare who came out the blocks the more prepared and curved out chance after chance and were unfortunate to not be up big by the interval.
This dominance forced Vihiga into two changes in the half but not after young fullback Ochieng had given the away side a deserved lead with a cross-cum-shot at goal after 26 minutes.
After the restart, Mathare opted to defend their slim lead which gave more power to Vihiga. Their barrage of attacks eventually gave fruit in the 85th minute as they were awarded a contentious penalty after David Ochieng was adjudged to have handled in the area. Luvanda, who had struck the woodwork moments earlier, stepped up and scored.
The goal set up a nervy finish that was eventually won by Mathare with Oduor taking advantage of a goal mouth melee to poke the ball home with virtually the last kick of the game.