Two goals in the final four minutes of normal time handed Mathare United a crucial 2-1 win over Sofapaka FC in the two teams’ BetKing Premier League round 29 encounter staged at the Ruaraka grounds on Saturday.
Anthony Otieno and Martin Ongori scored in the 86 and 88 minutes to secure the spoils that had seemed lost after Sofapaka had taken the lead through Sammy Imbuye with 15 minutes left to play.
The win, Mathare’s fourth of the season, saw Frank Ouna’s men move up to within three points of safety, now with 18 points and with the benefit of having a game in hand on the teams above them while Sofapaka remain in 13th place with 30 points.
Mathare could have secured the win early in the first half if not for their profligacy in front of goal with John Mwangi and Tyson Otieno coming close on numerous occasions.
This has been the tale whenever Mathare have taken to the pitch this season, they dominate play, create the better of the chances but the goals and points end up with the opposing team.
It almost seemed that way on Saturday when Imbuye took advantage of a goal mouth melee in the 75th minute to put Sofa ahead.
Credit to Mathare though as this time round they didn’t let this faze them as they kept bombing forward with time ticking and we’re dully rewarded when substitute Otieno, also took advantage of a mix-up in the Sofa goal, to notch his first in Mathare colours.
Two minutes later and Mathare had turned the game on its head with Ongori sealing the win with a sumptuous strike from distance that caught Mubarak Aigba in the Sofapaka goal unawares.
And thus is how it would end with the Slumboys avenging their first-leg loss to Batoto Ba Mungu and in turn placing their survival hopes solely in their hands.