SOLDIERS GUN DOWN GOR MAHIA IN NAKURU

Ulinzi Stars piled more misery on Gor Mahia after winning Monday’s Betking Premier League match 1-0 in Nakuru.

The soldiers  have now won three of their last five games with the win cutting the gap between the two sides to three points.

The loss was the tenth of the season for Gor Mahia and the result compounded their poor form since winning seven games in a row, they are now winless in their last seven.

They are fifteen points behind the league leaders Tusker with six games to go, with the result meaning their title defense chances are all but over.

Ulinzi Stars started strongly against the defending champions, with their quick interchanges in the middle of the park proving too hot to handle for the Gor Mahia midfielders in the opening stages.

 Their dominance finally bore fruit with their first clear chance after a Masita Masuta freekick hit the crossbar and the rebound fell kindly to Alex Khasambuli, with his effort too hot to handle for Gad Mathews who despite punching it out, the ball had clearly crossed the line and the host got the lead.

Hungry for another, Ulinzi Stars continued to throw bodies forward and Gad Mathews was alert to keep out another stinging effort.

Gor Mahia gradually got a foothold of the match and almost scored through John Ochieng but James Saruni acrobatically tipped his effort over.

They were struggling to create chances from open play but created another good chance from a set piece, with Samuel Onyango’s freekick being glanced wide by defender Philemon Otieno.

After halftime, Ulinzi Stars almost scored a second after a corner kick delivery fell to the unmarked but his effort went straight into Gad Mathews’ arms.

A few minutes later, Mark Bikokwa was presented with a glorious chance to double his sides lead but Gad Mathews once again pulled out an excellent save to keep his side in the game.

Tito Okello was substituted in for Samuel Onyango and he almost scored with his first touch after a quick counter attack presented him with a one on one with Saruni but his effort hit the crossbar before it was promptly cleared.

Gad Mathews long balls were creating dangerous attacking moments for Gor Mahia and one such long ball nearly led to a goal but Saruni claimed the ball earlier than Jules Ulimwengu could wrap his foot around it.

 Despite sustained Gor Mahia pressure in the dying minutes, Ulinzi just as their name implies stood tall to see out the game for their ninth win of the season.

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