FOOTBALL POST MATCH REPORT
Mujaheed maiden strike and a late own goal fires Star Field past Sharks
04/08/21 Nairobi, Kenya
Star Field elite football team stunned the visiting Kariobangi Shark’s reserves 2-1 in a hard fought friendly encounter played at Nairobi Gymkhana ground on Wednesday morning.
A straightforward mid-morning seemed on the cards when Sharks took a thirtieth-minute lead, but a combination of Star Field's doggedness and Shanks’s ragged defending allowed Mujaheed Abdul to score a well worked 37th-minute equalizer.
Star Field could not convert a series of second-half chances until Shamilton Omwenga crossed from the left in the 83rd minute, and Shark’s defense made a complete mess of the clearance while facing their own goal to hand Star Field the winner via an own goal.
The result ensured that Star Field continued with their great run of home wins, but it could have been very different if Chris Comba’s quickly taken free-kick that crept in at the top left corner had been allowed to stand by the match referee five minutes prior to Sharks taking the lead.
Star Field started the game positively, but were hit by the sort of sucker-punch goal that a team of the calibre of Sharks reserves are capable of producing.
Humphrey Kariuki switched play from left to right to release Unaiz Shajani who cut the ball back for Mujaheed who dribbled past three defenders and swept home the equalizer against the run of play.
Omwenga really could not miss his moment later though. Three Sharks defenders tried and failed to clear as Star Field’s built an attack down the right flank and found Alvin Muriungi in space ready to fire home but instead the ball was bundled into the net by the visitors.
Antony Watoro was replaced by Omwenga in the 74th minute as Star Field went in search of a winner and it was a just reward as the hardworking forward involvement seven minutes from time made the difference of an otherwise even second period.