Nairobi representatives Upper Hill School are
through to the finals of the Airtel Rising Stars Kenya Secondary School Sports
Association (KSSSA) National ball games after the side saw off defending
Champions Gekomoni of Nyanza 2-0 in a semifinal played on Friday 10 August
The 1400hrs kick off at Shanzu Teachers College, Mombasa saw Upper Hill get a goal in each half to to send the reigning Champions packing.
Striker Michael Olunga of Upper Hill scored the first of the game on 22 minutes, his sixth goal at the event, when he got to the end of a through ball by Calvin Odongo.
Six minutes later, the solid Upper Hill were 2-0 up when, on a run for goal, Olunga was brought tumbling down in the box. From the awarded penalty, Odongo stepped up to score the second.
Upper Hill could have made it 3-0 on 69 minutes had Timothy Luda’s stride not echoed off the upright.
As early as the fifth minute, Gekomoni showed intent of returning for a back to back final when their striker Eric Onduso’s attempt on goal hit the post to bounce.
Three minutes later, Upper Hill went forward but Olunga was stopped on his tracks by Gekomoni defenders.
Two minutes on, key Upper Hill midfielder took a second straight corner that bounced off the post and back in play.
In between the two goals, Gekomoni had to do without Onduso who was replaced after picking an injury.
Into the second half, Gekomoni put a little more pressure and took their game to Upper Hill in search of goals to overturn the scores.
But Upper Hill stood firm, especially in defense where Martin Irunga was outstanding.
Upper Hill are now through to the final set for Saturday 11 August where they will face off with Kitale’s St. Anthony who needed extra time in an earlier semi to knock off Kakamega High School.