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ECL Week 20 report: Triumph, 3K share spoils as season hits homestretch+ 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 20th round of the season this weekend. Five of seven scheduled matches were played; one was postponed and the other was given as a walkover. A total of 19 goals were scored in the round. Rangers were the only side that did not score in this round.

Saturday

Triumph v Embu University

The only scheduled fixture for Saturday was canceled and will be played on a day yet to be decided. Reasons for cancellation have not been communicated.

Triumph 2-2 3K

The highlight match of the weekend kicked off at 4 pm. The result of this match was going to have a significant effect on how the top of the log looks this week. A win for 3K would have seen them retain a ten point lead at the summit with only two games remaining, and have them declared winners of the 2017 edition. Had Triumph won, they would have kept up pressure on Dunga who went into the match a point above them.

Ultimately though, it was a point apiece for the two sides, keeping the race open as we hit the final stretch.

Stinchez 2-2 Yatte

Stinchez went up against Yatte in the early kick-off of a doubleheader at Njukiri Showground. Stinchez drew first blood within the opening quarter hour, but Yatte pulled level with a beautiful goal minutes later. Stinchez went ahead again to lead 2-1 at halftime of the highly entertaining town derby.

Yatte got the equalizer again in the closing minutes of the second half.

Inter Dunga Dunga 3-0 Rangers

A surging Dunga locked horns with Mbeere South’s sole team in the league in the second match of the day at the green stadium. The hosts were dominant from the word go, opening the scoring from the spot within the first ten minutes.

They were no match for the Rangers, who are coordinated by branch treasurer Ndolo, and buried a second goal late into the second half to make it 2-0 at the break.

Dunga continued dominating upon restart, dislaying some beautiful passes and flair much to the delight of the cheering crowd. The match was so exciting it elicited an informal live betting programme among the fans, who kept tipping every Dunga player to score. Their last goal came in the dying minutes of the match, but they would have got even five more had they been keen on their finishing.

The win now puts Dunga within eight points of leaders 3K with three matches to go. They are three ahead of third-placed Triumph who have played a game less.

Manyatta 1-1 Black Cats

After last week’s loss to Dunga in a rainy affair, Manyatta was thirsty to get back to winning ways as they welcomed Black Cats on Sunday. The match was characterized by some organization hiccups as the referees were late thus delaying kickoff.

Manyatta captain Peter Cira complained that assistant referees arrived when the match was already underway, an issue they are likely to raise with the complaints committee. 1-1 at the final whistle, with Cira complaining that the second half was played for only about 20 minutes.

Manchester 3-3 Embu University

After missing last week’s trip to Rangers, Manchester returned strongly to their Kairuri home ground where they were welcoming Embu University. Six goals were counted in the end-to-end affair, but it was a single point for each side at the end of 90 minutes.

Ishiara 2-0 Gaturi (walkover)

Gaturi did not show up at Ishiara, handing the Mbeere North side another easy three points.

Here’s the latest log outlook:

ECL 2017 November 13 standings | One9
ECL 2017 November 13 standings | One9

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