The ECL marched into its 18th week this weekend, with all matches of the round slotted for Sunday 15th October. Four of the six matches on the fixture list were played successfully, with the other two awarded as walkovers as teams once again failed to show up for the action.
Here’s the full report from the weekend that saw every team hit the back of the net, yielding 16 goals in total.
3K 4-1 Embu University
The league leaders came into this round as hot favorites given their home record and the opponents’ wobbly form since joining the league in the second leg. It was once again a packed ground at their Kagumori fortress; the 4-1 scoreline at the end of 90 minutes came as little surprise.
Rangers 1-1 Ishiara
Ever a turbulent tie, Sunday’s meeting between the Mbeere South and North sides was no different. Ishaira came into the match looking to replicate the first leg result when they saw off Ndolo’s charges 4-3 at home, but it proved to be a difficult match with great contrast to the previous seven-goal thriller.
Manchester 1-1 Stinchez
Manchester was held to a 1-1 draw at Kairuri, meaning the home side were not able to avenge the 2-0 first legg loos. The draw was Stinchez’ third in a row and eighth in 18 matches this season this season.
Inter Dunga Dunga 5-2 Triumph
What was billed as the match of the weekend lived up to its billing in a big way as Inter came out triumphant in a seven-goal flurry at Njukiri showground.
Triumph was quick to get off the mark, surprising Dunga with a low shot to Daniel Kuria’s right inside the first ten minutes. Minutes later, they were at it again when the ball was spayed out wide, and a fierce shot beat an onrushing Kuria and flew into the top corner of the far post.
As the game settled, Nicodemus Omasete took matters into his own hands- head rather- as he rose highest to nod home an Ali Chakanda free kick. The pacy winger did not waste any time getting the home side level, this time pouncing onto a Kuria One-9 before flat footing a sloppy Triumph defence to slot past an onrushing keeper.
With tables turned, it was Dunga’s match to control, as Triumph took time to recover from the shock of the equalizer. Goal-scorer Omasete turned provider with an excellent free-kick that found Penuela Makala unmarked and he headed home to give the home side the lead for the first time on the day. 3-2 going into the breather.
The second half was less intense; Dunga made their first change bringing in Jack Jack in place of Makala. The number 10 brought pace to an alreadylightning-quickk attack, his movement all over the place causing the Triumph defence a problem they had not anticipated. Jack was released on a lean through ball by Pastor Koome, but was clipped with the goal in site and referee Moz pointed to the spot. Pippi Kioko buried the spot kick to put the hosts in complete control, before he was replaced by Felix Kavaya a few minutes later.
Jack got one of his own deep into the second half, sparking wild celebrations and clearly putting the match out of reach. Tempers flared towards the end, red cards popped and eventually each team closed business with ten men on the pitch.
Black Cats 2-0 Gaturi
After four losses on the trot, Gaturi did not show up at Embu University, handing Black Cats an easy win that took them to 11 points and out of relegation zone for the first time this season.
Rungu 0-2 Yatte
Rungu became the first side to give away a walkover in a home match as they handed another eaasy three points to Yatte.
Here’s how the log looks after last weekend’s round of matches: