Falling Waters drown Limuru Starlets to retain Chapa Dimba title
Falling Waters retain the Central Region Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom crown
For a second consecutive season, Falling Waters from Nyahururu have beaten Limuru Starlets to be crowned the Central Region Chapa Dimba na Safaricom Girls champions with a 3-1 victory at the Nanyuki Stadium on Sunday morning.
Star player Jane Njeri scored twice in the second half adding on to captain Mariam Lutomia’s first half goal with Limuru’s consolation slotted home from the penalty spot by Joy Kanja with eight minutes left.
Falling Waters will not only walk home with a hefty Sh200,000 in prize money but also a second chance to represent Central Region in the national finals slated for Mombasa.
Meeting Limuru in the final for a third consecutive time, Falling Waters knew it would be a hard ask, but they ensured they got into a perfect confidence boosting start when Lutomia scored a ninth minute belter off a Hannah Wangari pass from the edge of the box.
Before that, the Nyahururu side had been on the attack and Lutomia already had an effort with a freekick that was turned behind for a corner while Wangari had a shot from the edge of the area fly over the bar.
Limuru gave in a fight, but they could not get the right formula to break the defensive wall set up by the defending champions.
Lutomia came close to adding her second with a freekick late in the first half, but her effort kissed the bar.
In the second half, just like they did in the first half, Falling Waters were fast off the blocks. They earned their second in the 66th minute when Njeri danced away from the keeper with a devastating side step before slotting into an empty net.
Limuru were dealt a blow when first choice keeper Susan Njeri was forced out with injury and her substitute Nancy Matika came in and had to pick the ball in her own net just three minutes after coming on.
Naomi Nanjala was brought down inside the box and Njeri stepped up to the pressure plate to comfortably score and assure the side of victory.
Limuru woke from their slumber late putting in pressure in the final 10 minutes, but the ship had long sailed. They had their consolation with eight minutes left when Kanja scored from the spot after a handball inside the box.