By Erick Banda Ndenga.
League debutant Zoo Kericho Fc bounced back to register their maiden win of season beating Ulinzi Stars 2-1 in a hard fought Sportpesa Premier League tie staged at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru today.
The Ulinzi Stars demonstrated their intent to bag the maximum points on the 2nd minute when Daniel Waweru delivered a brilliant pass finding Stephen Waruru in space but the receiver was late to connect allowing the ball to roll out of the field of play.
Zoo Kericho Fc responded through Bernard Odhiambo in the 6th minute but Ulinzi Stars Keeper James Saruni stood tall blocking his effort to keep them at bay before Stephen Waruru delivered a fantastic through ball setting up Cliff Kasuti but the receiver fired a feeble shot heading straight to Zoo Kericho Fc custodian Vincent Misikhu’s hands two minutes laters.
In the 18th minute the visitors broke the deadlock when Dominic Ouma pulled a long range shot from the center of the pitch finding Geoffrey Gichana in space to connect with a superb volley beating helpless Ulinzi Stars goalie James Saruni giving newcomers a 1-0 lead.
But their lead lasted for only ten minutes when Churchill Muloma passed his marker to connect with a beautiful curled cross to fire in a spectacular shot outside the box that caught off guard Zoo Kericho goalkeeper Vincent Misikhu to level the scores 1-1 on the 31st minute.
Th Soldiers had perfect chance to double their lead on the brink of first half after Stephen Waruru was brought down in the 18 yard box for a penalty as Daniel Waweru stepped up to take the penalty kick sending Zoo Kericho goalie Vincent Misikhu the wrong way but the cross bar came to their rescue to head to breather 1-1.
On the restart Ulinzi stars came in rejuvenated but Zoo Kericho Fc Vincent Misikhu stood firm on the post to deny Samuel Onyango in one on one situation on the 50th minute before he stopped three quick shots from Daniel Waweru, Stephen Waruru and Brian Birgen six minutes later.
The visitors doubled their lead on the 72nd minute when Bernard Omondi took a free kick curling the ball in the box to find Nicholas Kipkirui and the receiver connected with a splendid header past Ulinzi Stars keeper James Saruni giving his side a 2-1lead.