Homabay handed rude welcome to national league

Homabay handed rude welcome to national league

Homabay handed rude welcome to national league

Nakuru Sikh club handed new comers Homabay a 4-1 beating in their first match on the National Hockey league, in a match played at the City Park turf on Saturday afternoon.

Homabay’s lack of experience in the league was exhibited early on as most of the players from the lakeside region lacked expertise playing  on the artificial turf as opposed to the natural  grass and Murram pitches they are used to.

As early as the 11th minute, Ali Musa opened the score for Nakuru, over running a flock of players before looping past the advancing Calvince Odhiambo in the Homabay goal. The lead should have been extended three minute later as Jimmy Alumasa and Victor Odhiambo exchanged passes before releasing Titus Kimutai whose shot went begging.

 With 17 minute of play Sheldon Mutsotso had the best chance for the visiting lakeside team, dribbling past three Nakuru players only to be denied by a reflex save from Nakuru custodian Peter Karanja. Nakuru resorted to sending more players upfront to attack after they noticed Homabay were too much drawn to their own half.

The pressure and tactic paid off with Musa getting his second of the match with a powerful shot following an awesome cut back by Dennis Mageto with virtually the last kick of the half.

 It was one-way traffic in the second half with Alumasa getting the third of the match immediately after the restart as the Homabay defenders failed to clear a shaky clearance from their custodian.

The lakeside team however pulled one back in the 41st minute with Mutsotso converting a penalty flick after foul play by the Nakuru keeper Peter Karanja. Homabay went into jubilation despite the fact that they were trailing 3-1 noting that they had scored their first ever goal in the league.

Hopes of an unlikely comeback was never to be as Eric Ayaie scored the fourth for Nakuru with 20 minutes to the end .Nakuru went on to hold to their lead  to end the match 4-1.

Mutsotso who scored Homabay’s lone goal was nevertheless happy with his side’s show in their first ever league match and managing to score in the end.

“Homabay is a new club used to play in grass and Murram pitches. It was therefore a whole new experience to majority of the players. In the second half we were completely over run as we ran out of steam.” He notes.

 “The ball in the artificial turf moves much faster leading to fatigue especially from us due to experience. As a team it was nice playing in our first match.” He adds.

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