Muhoroni Youth picked a vital point in their battle for survival in the SportPesa Premier League as they held title contenders Posta Rangers in a match played at Ruaraka yesterday.
Posta dominated large periods of the clash and should they have taken the chances that fell to Joakins Atudo and Gershon Likonoh, they could have ended their five-match win-less streak. As it is, Muhoroni are still bottom of the standings with 20 points.
Yusuf Mohammed’s tackle on Edwin Mwaura allowed Joakins Atudo an early free-kick opportunity that went begging. The bumpy Ruaraka pitch didn’t help either side in their passing game with several players efforts to find team-mates going wayward.
Suffice to say, many set piece opportunities were awarded in the opening quarter of the match as the teams struggled to bring the ball under control. Posta had a lion’s share of them but did not test Sowedi Salim in the Muhoroni goal.
With the chances of breaking down the Muhoroni defence increasingly difficult from open play, Posta resorted to their other arsenal Luke Ochieng’s long throws into the box but neither did they get joy for that choice in the first half.
Very much against the run of play and predictably from a free kick situation, Muhoroni nearly took the lead when Robert Indimuli sent a low shot into the box that Patrick Matasi somehow kept out despite his vision having been blocked.
Early in the half from another dead ball situation, Atudo should have done better than to head woefully over the bar when he got on the end of an inviting cross from Joseph Mbugi.
Soon after, it was Posta’s turn to have hearts in their mouth when Venvao Thomas got onto the end of Maxwell Odhiambo’s cross but somehow failed to find the target. Rangers made a substitution, sending on John Nairuka for Edwin Mwaura to try and formulate a way past the stubborn visitors. Muhoroni responded by sending John Mark for Venvai. Hardly had he stepped onto the pitch than the best chance fell to Gershon Likonoh who fired in a shot from inside the box only for Salim to deny him.
Meanwhile, the fight to evade relegation by AFC Leopards suffered a blow after Sony Sugar pinned Robert Matano’s side to a sole goal.
Having felled defending champions Tusker 2-0 over the weekend, Sony crushed the 12-time champions to ease their relegation threat. Mukwana Yema scored the lone goal in the first half to hand the 2006 Premier League champions victory.