Ruthless Sharks maul Ulinzi, through to Shield final
Kariobangi Sharks are through to FKF Shield Cup Final after a 4-1 win over Ulinzi Sr=taes
Kariobangi Sharks are through to their second consecutive Football Kenya Federation Shield final after mailing Ulinzi Stars 4-1 in the semifinals at the Kasarani Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
A brace from Eric Kapaito and a goal each from Shaphan Oyugi and Duke Abuya saw Sharks revenge for the 4-1 loss they suffered at the hands of the soldiers at the same stage of the tournament in 2016.
Within 20 minutes of the tie, Sharks looked to have already sealed the tie gong there up with goals from Duke Abuya, Shaphan Oyugi and Eric Kapaito.
Determined to get into a second consecutive final, Sharks were up to a string start against a young Ulinzi side.After five minutes, the home side was 1-0 up when Abuya headed down to the garage post after Harrison Mwendwa's cross from the left found him isolated at the edge of the six-yard box.
Sharks kept their hunt and came close to a second in the ninth minute when Kapaito's header off a Patillah Omotto cross-landed straight into keeper Timothy Odhiambo's waiting arms.But William Muluya's men went 2-0 up after 16 minutes when Kapaito tapped into an empty net from another of Mwendwa's industrious deliveries.The winger picked the ball with some superb skill in midfield to move away from three of his markers before sprinting into the box to cut back a cross.
Like the Biblical tower of Babel, Ulinzi crumbled and four minutes later, they were 3-0 down by virtue of immense confusion.Keeper Odhiambo collided with his defender inside the box and like a gift, the ball landed on Kapaito who tapped into an empty box.Seeing his side were on the edge of collapse, Ulinzi boss Dunstan Nyaudo made defensive changes, George Omondi going off for Abdallah Hamissi.
For a moment, Ulinzi seemed to stabilize and had their first sniff at goal on the half hour mark when Daniel Waweru's shot from distance went just wide.But Sharks kept on pouncing and should have had a goal none minutes to half time but Kapaito's volley from an Omotto ball planted behind the defense went wide.
In the second half, Ulinzi made changes with midfielder Ibrahim Shambi coming off for winger Cliff Kasuti as the military men sought an attacking edge.But it was Sharks who would take the game's steering with a fourth goal, Kapaito taking advantage of a defensive mess to beat keeper Odhiambo one on one four minutes into the half.Sharks were in firm control and in the 65th minute a good build up saw George Abege released on the left, but his shot was saved by keeper Odhiambo.On the opposite end Masita Masuta had a chance to draw a goal back but his effort at chipping the ball over keeper Gad Mathew was shambolic
The home side had a chance late on for a fifth when Kapaito found shooting space on the left, but his effort came off the bar.Ulinzi pulled one back in added time through substitute Cliff Kasuti ith a low shot inside the box.