AFC Leopards moved to second spot on the log after dispatching Mathare United 1-0 in Thursday’s Betking Premier League (BPL) match at Utalii grounds.
After failing to take advantage of Tusker’s 0-0 draw last weekend, AFC Leopards knew very well that there was no room for any more slip ups when they took on relegation threatened Mathare United.
“Ingwe’s” start to the game signified a team that knew very well what was at stake, get the three points and go level on points with log leading KCB on 36 points.
Just in the fourth minute, Caleb Olilo found Ingwe’s first attempt on target after his well taken strike was somewhat handled by Job Ochieng’ before the Mathare defense cleared danger.
The Patrick Aussems-led side would not wait for long before finding the back of the net as club top scorer Elvis Rupia ended his four match goal drought with his 12th goal of the season.
His effort from just outside the box beat Job Ochieng’ in the Mathare goal as it sneaked in the bottom corner to give Leopards an early cushion in the game.
Leopards still kept pushing. In the 18th minute, Clyde Senaji almost got the second for Ingwe but his effort that beat everyone including the goalkeeper only canoned off the crossbar before being cleared by the Mathare rearguard.
Two minutes before half time, it was Robinson Kamura’s flick that almost found the back of the net but Ochieng’s reflexes spared Mathare from going two goals behind.
The second half’s clearest chance fell to Collins Shichenje but once again his header that would have sneaked into the back of the net was once again tipped over the bar by the Mathare goalkeeper.
Mathare were then sent down to ten man as David Ochieng’ was given a straight red card for an elbow challenge on Rupia.
Ingwe would also not finish the game as they started as Collins Shichenje was given his matching orders after a second bookable offense for a rush challenge on James Kinyanjui.
In the end Ingwe held on to win all three points and go top of the table as Mathare remained engulfed deep in the relegation zone.