Mount Laverna Girls Secondary School and Moi Girls Nairobi have booked a place in the semi-finals of this year’s Nairobi secondary schools hockey championships. Laverna achieved the feat after a 4-0 drubbing of host Kenya High on Tuesday evening. The day also saw favorites Hillcrest go down 2-1 to Precious Blood. Moi Girls also beat Parklands Arya with the same margin to book their place in the semis where they are likely to be joined by Hillcrest and Pangani Girls.
Laverna will either play Hillcrest or Moi Girls Nairobi in the semi finals slated for next weekend. Laverna’s seventh win of the season meant that the Kasarani based school progress to the semi-finals with 23 points with one match to play same to Moi Girls who have also accumulated 23 points from nine matches. Leading scorers Charity Kirui and Naomi Wachuka were the goal scorer for the Laverna who have continued to impress for the last two years. Kirui opened the scoring in the seventh minute after a determined move from the defense which finished with Kirui tapping in a cross from Georgina Lumumba.
With five minutes into the break Wachuka who is currently standing second in the scoring chart with 10 goals extended Mount Laverna’s lead when she nudged in a Valarie Nyakiae’s penalty corner. The visitors looked oiled up in the second half and dominated the proceeding not allowing their hosts any space in the match.
The midfield led by Lumumba and Sybille Kamochu made life easy for the forwards-giving them more scoring chances and this paid when Wachuka netted her second of the day in the 42nd minute. Three minutes later Kirui scored her tenth of the season when she dodged Kenya High keeper with a low shot to make it 4-0.
Laverna coach Edward Limo said he hopes the girls will be ready to take on either Hillcrest or Moi Girls in the semis. “Our standards are higher than what others think of us. We are ready for any one and we expect to do well than we did last year,” he said. Last year they were knocked out at the semis and finished third after beating Parklands Arya in the play-offs. “We set a target of winning the pool and we have done exactly that and we hope to do well in the semis,” Limo added.
Top scorer Marlene Sirma was yet again the star for Moi Girls with a brace which increased her goals tally to 14. Putina Ngweno and Jessica Kabura scored a goal each as the former provincial champions maintained their unbeaten run. Paula Karanja and Harriet Njeri put their names on the scoring sheet as Precious Blood canceled Hillcrest lead. Hailey Gitau had put Hillcrest ahead with a first half goal.