Ten man Western Stima ended Gor Mahia’s eight match unbeaten streak with a stunning 2-1 victory over the defending champions in this Betking Premier League match staged at Thika Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Kisumu based side did not even need long to find the game’s first breakthrough, Rogders Ouma finding the back of the net in the fourth minute after a successful short corner taken by Barron Oketch, a statement of intent from Abdalla Juma’s side.
Assist provider Barron threatened to extend Stima’s lead in the 8th minute but keeper Gad Mathews was not getting beaten for a second time inside the first ten minutes, cormfortably smothering the winger’s attempt.
Stunned into action, and looking to get going, John Macharia put Karim Abdoul through in goal but the Gambian internationsl could not restore parity.
With just seconds left on the clock before the first half break, Sydney Ochieng’ missed a sitter for Gor Mahia as he failed to find the back of the net after Karim had found him all alone in the area with a neat cut back, the away side successfully getting to the half way interval with their narrow lead intact.
Upon second half’s resumption, goal scorer Rodgers turned villain as he was given his matching orders in the 51st minute, making the task at hand even harder.
In the 59th minute however, Shakava handed Stima a chance to go two nil up from the penalty spot after an infringement on Barron in the box, the centre referee pointing to the spot and Michael Karamor stepping up to convert for Stima’s second.
With the two goal cushion, Stima resorted to defending the lead. Gor managed to only breach that resolute defence in the 82nd minute after Clifton Miheso’s cross found Geoffrey Ochieng’ in the area, the defender making no mistake in pulling one back for the defending champions.
Try as they may, Gor could not draw level earlier damage proving costly as they succumbed to a 1-2 defeat.
With the win, Stima jumped upto 15th on 16 points while Gor dropped into fourth place on 38 points.