AFC Leopards stretch unbeaten streak


  Posted: 14 Apr 12, 15:59

By: Dennis Kituyi

AFC Leopards made it 23 consecutive games unbeaten (ten in 2012) in Kenyan Premier League action by beating Thika United 2-1 in a tough Kenyan Premier League encounter played at the Thika Municipal Stadium, Saturday 14 April 2012.

Victor Ochieng and Mike Barasa scored the goals for Leopards, with Moses Arita on the mark for the home side, all in the first half of play.

Ochieng opened the scoring after 20 minutes, heading home from close range unnatended to, from Salim Kinje's well flighted corner.

Leopards upped the ante and had some good touches, with Mike Barasa going close, but to no avail.

Thika had looked threatening on some occasions and the manner in which they scored showed it; Arita and Francis Kahata combining very well to slice the Leopards defence open and allow the former an easy finish, to make it 1-1 nine minutes later.

With the goal on their side, the home team put pressure on the league leaders, in the event collecting two corners, the second of which would be fatal to them.  

Great counter attack

Off the second corner, Jimmy Bageya picked up the ball deep in the Leopards half and strode the full length of the pitch, before setting up Baraza for an easy finish to give Ingwe the lead once again, three minutes later.

The second half was largely dominated by Thika, with Leopards sitting deep and preferring to attack on the break.

Francis Kahata and Clifton Miheso, were especially dangerous, with Harambee Stars defender Dennis Odhiambo running the show from out wide.

Thika's best chance of the half fell to Arita, who was wasteful when played clean through by a delightful chipped ball from Odhiambo, lobbing over the bar with space and time on his side and keeper Patrick Matasi stranded.

That was the last that Thika would do, as Leopards, who brought on Amon Muchiri for Bageya in the last few minutes, defended with ease.

Leopards thus held on to the end, to improve on their unbeaten run and extend their lead at the top of the KPL table to six points over Sofapaka, who play Gor Mahia, Sunday 15 April 2012.


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