Champions Telkom Orange rout JKUAT as Greensharks edge Sikh Union

Monday February 22 2016

Telkom Orange's Flavian Mutiva (left) and Maureen Okumu train at City Park hockey Stadium on February, 20, 2016. Orange thrashed JKUAT 8-0 on Sunday. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Telkom Orange's Flavian Mutiva (left) and Maureen Okumu train at City Park hockey Stadium on February, 20, 2016. Orange thrashed JKUAT 8-0 on Sunday. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

Champions in waiting Telkom Orange on Sunday thrashed Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology 8-0 at City Park Stadium to enhance their hopes of finishing the Kenya Hockey Union women’s National League season unbeaten.

Orange, who on Saturday mathematically secured a record breaking 18th league title after being handed a walkover against Mount Kenya University, completed their weekend assignments with an emphatic victory.

Goals from midfielder Jane Ofula, defenders Terry Masibo, Glenis Namasake, forwards Lillian Aura, Jacqueline Mwangi and captain Betsy Omalla underlined the gulf in class between the two teams.

Orange ran out 11-0 winners over JKUAT in the first leg encounter last year at the same venue.

Veteran Jacqueline Mwangi, who is the league’s leading scorer with 18 goals, attributed the Orange’s success this season to hard work and team work.

“It was not one of our best games but we gave a satisfactory performance and we are glad we go the three points. It is a great feeling to win the title again but we are hungry for more success and we want to be even better next season,” Mwangi told Daily Nation Sport.

In the men’s Premier League, Kenya College of Accountancy (KCAU) upset Greensharks 3-2 in a pulsating encounter.

Greensharks beat 2012 champions Sikh Union Nairobi 1-0 at the same venue with a goal from Carl Langbjenne giving Sharks the three points on Saturday evening. KCAU skipper Gordon Odwuor praised his charges for their success.

In Saturday’s other matches, Parkroad hit Kenya College of Accountancy University (KCAU) 2-0.

BAG THREE POINTS

Goals either side of halftime from Andrew Kamau and Philip Omunyin were enough to see Parkroad bag three points.

In the men’s National League, Daystar Falcons beat visiting Kabarak University 1-0 courtesy of Conrad Mandela's 53rd minute strike. The result completed a miserable outing for Kabarak who on Saturday lost 7-3 to high-flying Chase Sailors.

With the league title already secured, Orange assistant coach Josephine Ataro handed starts to a number of fringe players.

The superior Orange went ahead in the second minute on their first attack of the match, a shot from Namasake that sailed past JKUAT custodian Emma Aroni.

Aura doubled the lead just after the quarter-hour mark with another field goal. Four more followed before the teams went into the break. JKUAT barely troubled the Orange defence.

In the men’s Premier League, Kenya College of Accountancy (KCAU) upset Greensharks 3-2.

Greensharks needed a goal from Carl Langbjenne to beat 2012 champions Sikh Union Nairobi 1-0 at the same venue on Saturday evening.

KCAU skipper Gordon Odwuor praised his charges for digging deep and getting the vital victory.