Ulinzi stings Transmillan to advance in Shield

Enosh Ochieng sandwiched between two Transmillan players in the Round One SportPesa Shield clash at Kenyatta Stadium, in Kitale on Saturday 2nd June

Ulinzi Stars started the SportPesa Shield journey on a winning note, beating Kitale based Transmillan FC 3 – 0 in the Round One clash staged at Kenyatta Stadium on Saturday 2nd June.

The score line may have been flattering at the end of the game but it was not easy at all for Ulinzi, who raced to a second minute lead but had to wait a whole hour to secure the win with the second goal, and the third came right at the end.

Enosh Ochieng timed his run well to head in the opener with all the calmness after getting to the end of Churchill Muloma’s goal for a second minute lead.

What followed was a series of big misses that would have seen the team head to the break leading by at least five goals.

Huge misses

Oscar Wamalwa, Enosh Ochieng and Cliff Kasuti were all culpable of huge misses when clear and the half ended badly for Oscar Wamalwa who picked a knee injury and had to be withdrawn at half time, his place taken up by Mark Bikokwa.

Bikokwa broke the hosts’ resistance after winning the ball and exchanging passes with Enosh before slamming past the keeper for the second goal, which effectively ended the resistance.

The third goal was a beauty – Hamisi Abdalla won possession in the Ulinzi half and released Bikokwa who picked and passed for Daniel Waweru whose return ball was well anticipated by Bernard Ongoma, already bearing down on goal.

The pass met a flatfooted Transmillan defence and soon Ongoma’s run had the keeper exposed and the midfielder only had to pick a spot, which he did with ease to kill off any chances of a comeback.

In the second round, Ulinzi Stars will face the winner between ASEC Kakamega and Kakamega Homeboyz.

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