United States International University (USIU) thumped fellow students University of Nairobi 6-0 to recapture their second spot in the Kenya Hockey Union women’s Premier League yesterday.
The win ended UoN’s quest of their first win of the season as the first leg came to a close.
Their poor preparations saw them come to the clash without substitute players, forcing the available players to play a full time game.
Awful defending by Collins Asimba’s charges was exposed in the 6th minute as Acriphyna Misoi collected a poorly cleared ball to give USIU a deserved lead. The winners continued to ask questions before Sheila Anazi evaded a number of tackles to slot home their second goal in the 9th minute.
UoN, who looked overpowered and outclassed caused no trouble to their opponents who settled in for the game, dominated it and enjoyed possession throughout.
ALl their efforts to hit back ended in mid-field as USIU erected an impenetrable ‘human-wall’ on the halfway line, under the stewardship of skipper Beatrice Mbugua.
Mbugua’s class was clearly shown in the 25th minute as her solo run delivered a superb field goal and their third of the game. The results on the board remained unchallenged as the teams broke for halftime.
USIU extended their dominance in the second half with goals from Anazi in the 44th minute and Rhoda Kuria, who bagged a double in the 47th and 51st minute.
USIU coach Willis Ochieng congratulated his side for the big win which took them four points adrift of leaders Telkom Orange (30 points).
“I must congratulate my girls for the good job. They played as per instructions though they lost a number of chances. I am pleased to finish the first leg on the second spot and four points off Telkom. We just want to take every game at a time and build the players to quality professionals.”
Earlier on at the same venue, National A side Mvita XI showed no mercy to Daystar University in 5-0 win.
The visiting coast side got their goals through Brian Aura’s hatrick (7, 44 and 35th minutes) and Farhan Khan (21 and 39th minutes).