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ECL week 19 report: Walk overs mark rainy weekend, disputes settled + latest standings

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Embu County League (ECL) Banner. | Image; One9
Embu County League (ECL) Banner. | Image; One9

The Embu County League entered its 19t round of the season this weekend, with seven matches scheduled to be played in the round. The round came on the back of a committee meeting that saw conflict rulings change the standings outlook without a kick of the ball.

The meeting held at Panesic Hotel last Saturday saw Inter Dunga Dunga deducted a point and Manchester handed a win after the latter launched a complaint about the eligibility of one player. Triumph, who had lost 3-2 to dropouts Kathanjuri in the first leg, were awarded a win for that match after it was ruled that it had been abandoned. The decision saw Dunga drop to 36 points, ten behind leaders 3K. Triumph climbed to within a point of Dunga with a match in hand.

Saturday

Manyatta 1-0 Embu University

Manyatta opened this round of fixtures with a home match against Embu University, which they dug deep to finish with a narrow 1-0 win and a precious three points.

Sunday:

Triumph 4-3 Yatte

Triumph kicked off the first match of a doubleheader at Embu University, going up against Yatte in a town derby that started off right after a heavy downpour. The slippery ground and muddy patches to some hilarious mistakes as the game settled. Early goals marked the first fixture. The field was in a better condition in the second half, but eventually, the Church side ended up with the better side of seven goals scored.

Inter Dunga 3-2 Manyatta

The sun seemed to be coming up as the second match at Embu University, but a sudden downpour started as the kickoff whistle was blown. The rain went on for the better part of the first 20 minutes, during which Dunga dominated the encounter in the showers and went a goal ahead. They went two ahead two up at the close of the first chapter.

Upon restart, Manyatta pulled one back but Dunga once again extended their lead to 3-1 moments later. The visitors kept up the fight and got back in with a well taken free kick. Dunga could have killed the game but wasted a host of chances towards the end. 3-2 at the final whistle.

Ishiara 0-2 3K (Abandoned)

The league leaders traveled to Mbeere North only to find a soaked pitch. Attempts to find an alternative ground were unfruitful, and they resorted to playing at the town ground as it was. The visitors went ahead midway through the first half, but trouble broke when Ishiara were denied what they felt was a deserved equalizer.

The hosts abandoned the game citing suspect officiating.

Black Cats 2-0 Rungu (w/o)

The Cats earned their fifth win of the season as Rungu failed to honor the fixture at Njukiri Showground. Rungu had won the first leg tie 2-0.

Gaturi 0-2 Embu University (w/o)

Gaturi did not show up at their own ground for their Sunday fixture, helping second-leg entrants Embu University to their first win in the league.

Rangers 2-0 Manchester (W/o)

Manchester also failed to honor their trip to Mbeere South for the return fixture of the tie which ended 2-2 in the first leg.

 

Here are the standings after the concluded round:

IMAGE: EMbu County League standings as at November 6, 2017. Dunga, Triumph have had their standings affected by dispute rulings made last week | Image: One9
Embu County League standings as at November 6, 2017. Dunga, Triumph have had their standings affected by dispute rulings made last week | Image: One9

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