Karuturi Sport beat Muhoroni Youth 1 – 0 in the Tusker Premier League (TPL) encounter played at the Oserian Stadium on Saturday 8 September to effectively register their second win of the second leg and ease the pressure on coach Michael Nam.
The home side survived early scares from the league debutantes with Collins Neto almost giving his team the lead in the second minute when his header from an Ibrahim Ateng corner hit the post then caught Abbey Natty unawares and was cleared.
With the Muhoroni Youth captain Harry Gentle’s long throws a constant threat, the home side lived dangerously in the opening half that saw them struggle but slowly took charge of the game mostly from the left wing.
Jacob Omondi, and Kennedy Oduor coordinated well on the flank to trouble the visitors and caught the Muhoroni defence flat footed on 19 minutes but Hussein Zzinde was wrongly ruled offside by the assistant referee on the right Jubaal Mwandawiro.
Kennedy Oduor, on the half hour mark got himself clear after beating two defenders and shot well but his attempt sailed just wide, much to Muhoroni’s relief but three minutes later Mwandawiro got it right when he flagged Zzinde offside with the Ugandan having put the ball in the net.
As the half drew to a close, Noah Ayuko almost gifted the visiting side an easy goal with a poor clearance-cum-pass that fell well at Collins Neto’s feet but the striker’s long shot was inches wide.
The keeper redeemed himself with three good quick saves on the 43rd and 44th minute the third of them a well worked save in a one-on-one with the wasteful Neto again. The veteran keeper spread himself well to block the powerful shot that saw him take a clean sheet to the break.
Karuturi coach Michael Nam introduced Geoffrey Msieba early in the second period and the substitution proved well thought with the player adding to the attacking threat for the home side.
On 53 minutes he shot well and his attempt was punched by Joseck Gathongo but only as far as Jacob Omondi whose ensuing shot crashed the post on its way to safety. Three minutes later Omondi provided a cross to Zzinde but the Ugandan missed narrowly again.
The newly signed player, however, made up for the miss on the hour mark, capitalizing on Harry Gentle’s misjudged clearance to beat Gathongo with a powerful shot between his legs for the only goal of the game.
It could have been worse for the visiting side as Kennedy Oduor in the dying minutes of the game lobbed the keeper but his wonderful chip had too much power on it and less precision as it bounced off the bar.
The win takes Karuturi Sport to ninth place with 29 points as Muhoroni remains 13th with 23 points, three off the drop zone.