Scorpions sting Falcons to recapture number two spot

By: BRIAN YONGA

Strathmore University Scorpions moved back into second place in the Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) women’s national league after thrashing Daystar University Falcons 5-1 in a league match played at City Park Stadium, Nairobi on Saturday.

In another match played at the same venue, Daystar beat University of Nairobi 1-0 in a men’s national league match.

Two goals from Mitchelle Achieng set last season’s runners-up on their way while Gilly Okumu, Angela Mayaka and Linda Ayodi also got their names on the scoresheet. Naomi Gichuhi got a consolation goal for Falcons but it was too late.

Scorpions manager Fred Oracha included the trio of skipper Carol Njoki, Yvonne Karanja and Gilly Okumu in the line-up following their exploits with the national team at the Africa Cup of Nations cum 2016 Olympic qualifiers last month. The trio was instrumental in the team’s victory and the university side’s good run. Scorpions were 8-0 winners in the reverse fixture played in the first leg.

Scorpions wasted no time attacking from the onset and were ahead after two minutes with their first chance of the game when Achieng scored a field goal after firing past Daystar keeper Alice Wanjiru, having been put through by Karanja.

Okumu was a handful to the Falcons defence with her marauding runs and link-up with winger Yvonne Karanja, doubling the lead in the 13th minute with a brilliant field goal.

This link-up play continued to trouble the Daystar defence as the half went along with only Wanjiru’s heroics in goal keeping Scorpions at bay.

Achieng was however not to be denied as she sounded the board after 21 minutes, set up by Karanja to find the bottom left corner for a 3-0 lead at the break.

Scorpions continued to attack and defender Angela Mayaka got her name on the scoresheet in the 49th minute after she finished off a Karanja short corner.

Falcons created chances and were rewarded with a consolation goal three minutes to time when Naomi Gichuhi escaped from her marker to score past Scorpions keeper Dorothy Mutuku who, until this point, had been a spectator in the match.

Linda Ayodi scored a beauty a minute to full time with a reverse back stick goal to condemn Daystar to their seventh defeat of the season.

“The score does not reflect the number of chances we created in this match but we are glad we got the three points and we’ll now focus on our next match,” Oracha said.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION