Curtains came down on the Women Premier League yesterday in Nairobi as Vihiga Queens denied Thika Queens a perfect hat trick in titles as they were crowned the new champions.
It was sweet revenge for the Vihiga side as they clinched their maiden title, in what was a repeat of last year’s finals, where Thika won 2-0, but the script was this time different.
The scintillating encounter saw Vihiga make their intentions known from the first whistle, dominating the first quarter of the match with numerous efforts at their opponents goal paying off in the 14th minute when Terry Engesha capitalised on a loss ball when Thika’s goalkeeper Donshelly Odongo spilled the ball and Engesha had an easy tap in to break the deadlock.
It did not take long before Thika replied with an equaliser 14 minutes later from a well taken free kick by Wincate Kaari just from outside the box.
Vihiga could have recaptured the lead three minutes later but wasted two back-to-back chances by Engesha and national Under 20 team player Cynthia Shilwatso who had the Thika net at their mercy. Engesha restored Vihiga’s lead in the 32nd minute, to see Alex Alumira’s side head to the breather with a slight advantage.
On resumption, Thika’s coach Benta Achieng introduced Juliet Ouma for Nelly Sawe while Myline Awuor took Corazone Aquino’s place in Vihiga’s side. The two sides created a glut of chances but could not find the back of the net as the match ended 2-1 in favour of Vihiga.
Meanwhile, new kids on the block Trans Nzoia Falcons announced their debut in women football with a solid win against experienced side Gaspo Youth in the Division One playoffs.
The youngsters trailed Gaspo for 64 minutes, the latter having grabbed the lead in the 36th minute thorough a Sheril Ang’ach tap in, but eventually Trans Nzoia leveled in the 65th minute thorough Mutiwa Kuria and added a second in the 89th minute thanks to a Moureen Jesop tap in from close range for the side to finish the season with a perfect unbeaten run, having played for 10 matches without losing.
Third place playoffs match in the premier league saw Naivasha’s Oserian Ladies clinch third position after beating Zone A second placed Makolanders by a solitary goal.