Free-scoring Jesse Were made Kenyan Premier League history as he plundered a third successive hat trick as Tusker thrashed Thika United 4-0 at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.
The completion of the game could have been different but for veteran goalkeeper Duncan Ochieng’s intervention as he denied Kennedy Otieno from point blank range with barely two minutes played before he pushed away a goal-bound shot by Joseph Kuria.
Those two saves gave the brewers the platform to wallop their opponents. Kevin Kimani was pulled back by Simon Mbugua as he prepared to shoot, leading to a penalty that Were planted past Levi Opiyo. Were then latched onto a measured pass by Humphrey Mieno to blast Tusker into a 2-0 lead in the 29th minute.
After the break, all hopes of a Thika come back were snuffed out just five minutes into the second half as Danson Kago wriggled his way past Collins Okumu and Vincent Nyaberi to set up Kimani for a simple finish. In the 55th minute, Were notched his 19th goal of the campaign as he finished off a Noah Wafula cross.
Earlier at the same venue, Moses Arita’s double prevented Ushuru from succumbing to their fourth straight loss as they held visiting Western Stima to a 2-2 draw.
Arita had fired Ushuru into the lead from a Allan Katerega’s pass in the 19th minute but Baron Jobita cancelled out the tax men’s lead by heading in John Kiplagat’s cross just two minutes later. Kiplagat edged Stima ahead by tapping in Ugandan Shafik Batambuze’s cross as Henry Omino’s power men went into the break with the lead.
Arita’s 66th minute goal ensured that there was no winner or loser in the clash. Stima remained in seventh with 29 points, two more than Ken Kenyatta’s tax men who are in eighth.