Sony corner wandering Leopards

Saturday May 21 2011

By CHARLES NYENDE [email protected]

Sony Sugar stunned AFC Leopards with a late, late goal to grab all three points in a 2-1 victory at Nyayo Stadium on Saturday.

Fredrick Onyango nodded home Joshua Oyoo’s corner two minutes after the regulation time had expired to decide the otherwise well balanced affair.

The partisan crowd was left to stare in disbelief as the Sony players celebrated after enduring a torrid time from Leopards in the closing stages of the match.

Former Kenya international Isaiah Omondi had grabbed the lead for Sony early in the first half before the lively Silas Aluvisa equalized for Leopards two minutes from the break.

Both sides wasted several chances but Leopards should thank their acrobatic goalkeeper Barnabas Tiema for keeping them in the game with some stunning saves.

This was Sony Sugar’s fourth win of the season and their coach Francis Baraza, whose tenure at the club has been shaky, expressed satisfaction saying his work was progressing on track.

For Leopards, a change of coaches has not brought the desired change as they recorded their second loss in three matches. Irate Leopards fans typically began calling for a change of team personnel and technical bench.

Excellent effort

Leopards started unconvincingly, allowing the sharper looking sugar men to dictate proceedings.

Sony’s early ascendancy was marked with the opening goal in the ninth minute. Steve Biko fed Omondi, who benefited from poor marking by the Leopards defence but still earned his dues, sprinting away to fool Tiema with a ground shot.

Leopards gradually got into the game and after the ineffectual Evans Wandera and injured Demonde Selenge were removed for Bernard Mangoli and Salim Kinje they began to threaten dangerously.

Aluvisa, a bright spark for Leopards all afternoon, restored parity after he got on the end of some good build up to head home in the 43rd minute. He was suspiciously off side and Sony protested but to no avail.

Leopards should have gone into the break a goal up after Aluvisa had quickly shifted up the gears on the left wing to pick Abraham Cokie in the six yard box but the Liberian placed his header over the bar when scoring looked the obvious outcome.

In the second half Tiema showed his superb reflexes to keep out excellent efforts from Biko and Jared Ogallo while at the other end Alivusa’s bountiful supplies from the left wing failed to find willing suitors.

It all looked headed for stalemate before Onyango delivered the sucker punch. Sony now climb up one place to ninth, displacing Sofapaka who face Congo United today at Nyayo Stadium.

Other KPL matches today involve high riding KCB up against Karuturi Sports, City Stars versus rebounding Ulinzi Stars, struggling Mathare against Chemelil Sugar and exciting Rangers facing polished Thika United.