Gor Mahia go eight points clear after win over Sony Sugar
Defending champions Gor Mahia came from behind twice to defeat Sony Sugar 3-2 in a tight SportPesa Premier League (SPL) mid-week match marred with controversies at Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Wednesday.
The win pushed K'Ogalo eight points at the top of the table with 44 points after playing 19 matches and team coach Hassan Oktay said he was happy after collecting all 12 points in just five days.
"We played well today and am happy we maintain our winning run in Kisumu. Playing three games in five days is not an easy fete so congratulations to the boys," he said.
The reigning champions started the game on a high note with Jack Tuyisenge hitting the right side post with a fine header in the second minute after meeting a cross from the left wing.
Five minutes later, Gor were again in the offensive after Erick Ombija's overhead kick was stopped by Sony keeper Samwel Njau.
Sony, playing as the home team, managed to sneak their noses ahead after former Gor Mahia striker Enock Agwanda blasted a long-range shot to the far right post to give the Millers the lead after twenty minutes.
Three minutes later, the defending champions responded when Tuyisenge pulled the scores level with a low shot into the bottom right corner after being fed by Ombija.
And in the 26th minute, Joshua Otieno restored Sony's lead after beating Shaaban Odhonji with an 18-yard shot in the bottom left corner.
The lead brought life into Sony's style of play with Michael Apudo and Ayoyi calling Odhonji into action several times.
However, K'Ogalo pulled the scores level again in the 37th minute after Tuyisenge rounded Njue and assisted Samuel Onyango who slotted home into an empty net.
Kelvin Wesonga then forced Odhonji into an acrobatic save after his power header was tipped over the bar with a minute to play before the break.
Patrick Odhiambo was then forced to introduce Kennedy Owino for the injured Robert Mudenya at the stroke of halftime.
After the break, the intensity of the game picked up with both teams searching for the third goal.
First to threaten was Gor Mahia after Ombija found himself unmarked in the box but fired wide after meeting George 'Blackberry' Odhiambo's cross from the left wing.
K'Ogalo resilience paid off in the 72nd minute when the referee pointed to the spot after Maxwell Onyango was found culpable of handling in the box.
The tie was however stopped for five minutes after Sony Sugar technical bench stormed the pitch in protest of the referee's decision.
It took the intervention of the fourth official for the game to be restarted and super-sub Nicholas Kipkirui stepped up to slot in giving Gor Mahia the lead after coming from a goal down thrice.
After the restart, the match was again stopped as Sony Sugar coach Patrick Odhiambo stormed the pitch again in protest forcing the centre referee to send him off the pitch.
The match resumed two minutes later and Gor Mahia were on the offensive once again threatening through Ombija, Kipkirui and Miguna.
The centre referee was again called into action in the extra time, showing Sony goalkeeper a straight red card after he handled the ball outside his box.
Team Captain Maxwell Agwanda took charge in between the posts having utilised all their substitutions and he didn't disappoint after keeping off Miguna's free kick.
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