Two second half goals from substitute Boniface Muchiri and Henry Meja helped Tusker go to the top of the Betking Premier League (BPL) standings following a 2-1 win over Western Stima at Ruaraka grounds on Wednesday afternoon.
Tusker started strongly. captain Hashim Sempala made the first attempt on goal as early as the third minute, his attempt however just narrowly missing the target as it went over the bar.
The game then went into a lull as both teams failed to create any meaningful chances and opportunities up until the 34th minute.
Against the run of play, Stima almost came close to breaking the deadlock on two separate occasions but striker Michael Karamor failed to find the all important final touch that would have put his side ahead.
First, an energetic Barron Oketch beat Tusker’s Ambunya Erick on the left channel but his devilish cross in the face of goal went begging as an over-streched Karamor failed to just redirect it into an empty net with the goalkeeper well beaten.
Stima then had another golden chance when Karamor broke away in a lethal counter after the power men dealt well with a Tusker free kick but a fully stretched Michael Wanjala in goal did well by smartly going down to his left to deny the strike from finding the bottom corner, the first half ending in a barren draw.
Head coach Robert Matano then introduced Boniface Muchiri and Humprey Mieno in place of Luke Namanda and Otieno Apollo upon resumption of the second half.
Muchiri would only need eight minutes to reward the manager’s faith in him as he scored a beauty of a free kick from the edge of the box to give Tusker the lead in the 54th minute.
Nine minutes later, in the 63rd minute, Muchiri would later get involved again as he won his side a penalty after being fouled in the area. Teenage revelation Henry Meja stepping up to extend his side’s second goal of the game.
Stunned into action, Stima increased the tempo a notch higher, their efforts getting a reward after Sempala pushed James Odhiambo in the area to hand Stima an easy penalty.
Barron Oketch powered in the drive that halved the deficit but Tusker held on and saw off the encounter 2-1 in the end.