MEFC 1 VS UMBA SPORTS FC 1

A clash between fourth placed Umba Sports FC (USFC) and sixth place MEFC at Serani Sports Club kicked of at 3 o’clock on the nose. Umba in dark blue jersey and MEFC in their gold dominant home colours that they haven’t dropped points in. USFC are coming from a 4-0 drubbing while MEFC won their last match 3-2. The visitors want to get back to winning ways while the home is focused on defending their house and keeping the 100% record at home intact.

The Eagles started the match and soon after they conceded the first chance of the game after a loss of possession from the right defensive side. Umba pounced but the resultant shot didn’t test Ouma in goal. A hopefully ball over the top for our striker to chase was a bit to far and the Umba keeper was alive to the possibilities and quickly came out of his line to gather and thwart the attack. Umba were the most industrious side in the opening minutes and this saw them attack from the left, right and center. In one of the attacks Ouma came out to stop an attack but the Umba striker’s shot managed to evade Ouma and Kennedy with the ball clipping the outside left post. Phew! A sigh of relieve from the close call.

The Eagles started the match and soon after they conceded the first chance of the game after a loss of possession from the right defensive side. Umba pounced but the resultant shot didn’t test Ouma in goal. A hopefully ball over the top for our striker to chase was a bit to far and the Umba keeper was alive to the possibilities and quickly came out of his line to gather and thwart the attack. Umba were the most industrious side in the opening minutes and this saw them attack from the left, right and center. In one of the attacks Ouma came out to stop an attack but the Umba striker’s shot managed to evade Ouma and Kennedy with the ball clipping the outside left post. Phew! A sigh of relieve from the close call.

Ouma, Seif and Kennedy clearing the danger with Brandon and Chichi looking on

The match shifted to the center with both teams cancelling each other resulting into several fouls. We got 2 fouls but poor delivery from Kennedy saw the freekicks wasted. The MEFC attacks came from their right-hand side with Otieno getting good space and stretching Umba’s defense. Rashid released Otieno down the right channel and with his lightening pace he moved past his marker and lofted a cross but the visiting keeper gathered the ball. لعبة القمار

On another play Sebunya released Otieno down the flank but after Otieno made a hush of things when he mis controlled the ball just as he was setting himself to duel with Umba’s left back. “Aaaaa!!!” the home support could be heard exclaiming. Now MEFC was on top. Otieno again down the right wing managed to beat his marker and brought in a cross with his right foot which the keeper got to before Evans, the ball rebounded back to him, he sent in another and still the clearance found its way back to him, this time he brought in an orthodox cross using his left that had Umba’s keeper scampering to cover his far post as the ball narrowly curved outside the far post. The referee brought the half to an end.

Otieno on the prowl

The second half saw MEFC start where they left of as they registered the first attack of the half but Umba’s keeper managed to catch the shot. Umba got pinned to their half for a very long period with MEFC trying all they can to break the deadlock. The MEFC threat wasn’t so incisive and this saw them getting the ball in wide and less dangerous areas. After withering the storm Umba started making inroads into the MEFC defense. bet365 arabic A through ball brought panic in the Eagles defense. Umba’s striker evaded Kennedy and got ahead of him. It was now a foot race to score and to defend. بيت فاينل Luckily Ouma was alert and came out just in time to gather the ball.

Ouma tipping the ball over for a corner

Building from the back has its risks and going down 1-0 was the price that the Eagles were to pay. Kennedy received the goal kick from Ouma, he passed the ball to Brandon who then returned the ball back to Kennedy but the opponents were on to him. He managed to pass the ball to Rashid but Umba were alive to the possibilities of nicking the ball and nicking the ball they did. As Rashid waited for the ball to reach his foot it was stolen off him. Kennedy tried to close the gap and in so doing made the striker hurry his shot which he blocked. The ball fell to another Umba player but Chichi was managed to get to him and a loose ball ensued. Chichi tried to clear but the clearance got blocked and Umba got possession of the ball. A calmly slotted shot went past the diving efforts of Ouma.

Could our home record be ending today? Is this the day we lose at home? After calming down we remembered that we are a comeback team where except for one match out of the eight we have played we have always conceded the first. We restarted the match and instead of us registering the next shot, Umba smelt blood and were the source of mayhem in our defensive area. If it wasn’t for the alertness of Ouma who came and claimed a tricky cross that had beaten the defense then we would have had a mountain to climb if we went 2-0 down. The Eagles now got more aggressive and started pinning the Umba guys. Typically, Umba wanted to slow the pace of the game. They went down easily and the keeper now took a lot of time to play the ball. Trouble of slowing the momentum at times can work against your favour. A headed clearance from Sebunya fell to Rashid who released Alawi. Alawi managed to beat the offside trap and got ahead of the defense. The keeper came forward to face him but it was useless as Alawi dispatched his shot at the bottom left corner of the net. 1-1. There were about 10 minutes left and we could have a go and get a winner. Abdul managed to get to the end of a cross. He had the keeper and a defender for company. He controlled the ball and brought it down with his chest. The keeper couldn’t catch the ball and fell. The defender tried to also stop Abdul but he lost his balance. Now to make it 2-1 to Eagles, the Assistant Referee’s flag went up and the referee’s whistle blew…offside? Fouls? How could it have been either

Abdul in action

We got on with it. Another cross from the left from Rama brought panic in Umba’s box and the resultant shot was turned outside the post for a corner but the ever-alert Umba custodian. Another through ball saw Alawi again face to face with the Umba keeper. His first touch was a bit poor which saw the ball move far away from him and by the time he got to the ball the keeper had covered the gap. Alawi managed to release a shot which went through the keeper’s legs but the keeper managed to get something on the ball to send it out for a corner. No further goals to the game and it end 1-1.

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