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News for 28 July 2019

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Scotland men draw with Ireland with late equaliser

Kenny Bain scored a late equaliser as Scotland men drew 1-1 with Ireland at a very wet Glasgow National Hockey Centre. The match is the first in a two-match series in preparation for EuroHockey Championships in Antwerp. Scotland’s Lee Morton won his 50th cap in the match.

Pouring rain made for tough conditions and a very even opening to the match. Neither side created any clear opportunities in the early stages and the teams looked evenly matched in the opening quarter.

Ireland fashioned a chance at the end of the first quarter but the effort was well saved at the near post by Tommy Alexander; the ball looped into the air and over the bar.

Brilliant defending by Scotland’s Lee Morton denied a clean shot at goal for Ireland – he tracked back to pinch the ball from the stick of an attacker just as he was about to unleash a powerful shot.

27th July 2019 at the National Hockey Centre, Glasgow Green. Scotland v Ireland

Alexander produced a top class save after the restart, the ball looked like it had gone past him but he got his left pad in the way to clear the danger.

Scotland’s Aidan McQuade had an opportunity from a penalty corner but it was well blocked by the Irish defence. Then from the counter attack Ireland hit the crossbar, and the danger was cleared by the Scots defence.

An Ireland penalty corner was well blocked on the line by Alan Forsyth as Ireland pressed for the opener.

The opener came for Ireland when Benjamin Walker forced the ball home in a crowded D. 1-0 to the visitors.

It was a game Scotland didn’t deserve to lose and they deservedly struck the net towards the end of the contest. Kenny Bain scored the equaliser when he lifted the ball over the goalkeeper at the far post for 1-1.

Lee Morton said, “It was great to get my 50th cap, to get any caps for your country is a huge honour but to reach 50 is amazing. Hopefully I get another 50 and reach 100.

“It was a tough game today. We knew we had things to work on in the first half and we took intensity into the second half. If we can start the next game how we finished today, then we should get a good result.”

Scottish Hockey Union media release

Cross and McKibbin debuts in Irish draw with Scotland

Ireland handed debuts to Tim Cross and Peter McKibbin as they drew their first of two test matches against Scotland at a very wet Glasgow National Hockey Centre.

The tie saw Kirk Shimmins, Stu Loughrey, Jeremy Duncan and goalkeepers Dave Fitzgerald and Mark Ingram come back into the line-up with Luke Madeley out with a foot injury.

Pouring rain made for tough conditions and a very even opening to the match. Neither side created any clear opportunities in the early stages and the teams looked evenly matched in the opening quarter.

Ireland fashioned a chance at the end of the first quarter but the effort was well saved at the near post by Tommy Alexander; the ball looped into the air and over the bar.

They also had the best openings of the second quarter, hitting the crossbar while Alan Forsyth stopped a corner shot on the line.

The opener came for Ireland when Benjamin Walker forced the ball home in a crowded D, 1-0 to the visitors with 13 minutes to go.

But Kenny Bain scored the equaliser when he lifted the ball home at the far post for 1-1 with six minutes to go. The two sides meet again on Sunday at 1pm.

The Irish women, meanwhile, will play Italy on Sunday at 4pm in Stormont.

Men’s senior international test match

Scotland 1 (K Bain) Ireland 1 (B Walker)

Scotland: T Alexander, T Atkins, C Duke, M Bremner, A Bull, A Forsyth, R Harwood, L Morton, C Golden, M Collins, D Riddell

Subs: H Galt, K Bain, A McQuade, E Greaves, C Falconer, C MacKenzie D Forrester

Ireland: D Fitzgerald, J Jackson, J Bell, S O’Donoghue, S Murray, M Robson, B Walker, D Walsh, P Gleghorne, L Cole, S Cole

Subs: T Cross, M Nelson, K Shimmins, P McKibbin, J Duncan, S Loughrey M Ingram

The Hook

USWNT Set for Pan American Games

Pool play preview

LIMA, Peru - New faces, same mission, one journey. In two days time the U.S. Women's National Team will play their opening match of the 2019 Pan American Games (PAG). The opening whistle will signal a team that is not only looking to defend its back-to-back Pan American gold medals but one that aims to return to the Summer Olympic Games. Here's how USA stacks up against immediate competition through the first few days of pool play.

No. 30 Mexico
USA and Mexico will wrap up the opening day of women's field hockey on Monday, July 29. Mexico qualified for Lima by placing second in the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC) in Barranquilla, Columbia. The last time these two teams played each other was in similar fashion in their opening match of the 2017 women's Pan American Cup (PAC) in Lancaster, Pa. In that game USA used two goals in the first quarter to boost to a 6-0 victory in front of the home crowd. Five of those scores were registered on penalty corners as Kathleen Sharkey (Moosic, Pa.) led the way with three goals. Mexico meanwhile has shown moments of improvement in two years despite dropping in the most recent FIH World Rankings as they look to finish higher than their sixth place performance in the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. A top seed out of pool play in the CAC Games was highlighted offensively by Michel Novarro and Arlette Estrada. The team also competed in the FIH Series Finals last month in Hiroshima, Japan placing seventh and did not register a goal in three games.

No. 15 Chile
The key matchup in pool play for USA also marks a chip on the red, white and blue's shoulders against Chile. While they competed against Chile in a test-series in Lancaster, Pa. in 2018, USA has revenge on their minds dating back to the 2017 PAC. In the semifinals of the tournament, back and forth play saw the squads match each other up and down the pitch as the score stood at 3-3 in the final quarter. A last-minute goal by Chile's Denise Krimerman gave the opposition a 4-3 victory to head in to the gold medal game and sent USA to the bronze medal match on home turf. As such, Chile also punched their ticket to Lima as an eventual medalist. More recently, USA won two and tied twice in the teams' four-game test series in Lancaster last April. Overall the USWNT scored fourteen goals to Chile's four. The latter also just returned from the FIH Series Finals in Hiroshima, Japan where the squad finished third. A 2-0-1 record and goal differential advantage gave the team second place in their pool heading in to crossovers. From there, Chile topped Uruguay 5-2, with four goals tallied by Carolina Garcia, before heading to the semifinals against India. The team's fortunes turned as India prevailed 4-2, sending Chile to the third-place game and just missing out on clinching an Olympic Qualifying spot as one of the top-two teams of the tournament. Chile rebounded for the bronze medal after a thrilling shootout victory versus Russia after giving up a 3-1 lead in the second half.

No. 38 Peru
As the host nation, Peru gained automatic placement in the Pan American Games but has never played the USWNT. The team most recently competed in the 2018 South American Games in Cochabamba, Bolivia where they finished seventh. Their opening match was a 0-21 loss to fellow Pan American Games participant, Argentina. Peru finished with two losses in pool play before ultimately losing 1-4 to Paraguay in their final game. They will look to make an immediate statement when the Games begin in front of the home crowd.

Team USA is ready in Lima with a gold medal and automatic qualification to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on the line. With that, fans and followers can join the conversation and follow along with additional story lines with the hashtag #AllEyesOnLima on social media and usafieldhockey.com. Check back weekly for more stories around USMNT and USWNT athletes, umpires, venue, history and more as the Pan American Games excitement heats up.

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USFHA media release

Rebuilt USA Women’s Squad to Battle for Third Gold

By Lisa Deen

LIMA, Peru -  A new chapter in the long-running women's field hockey rivalry between Argentina and the United States will be written at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games.

The pair have met in every women’s hockey final since 1995, with USA coming out on top in 2011 and 2015.

But their Lima 2019 title defense will be a new test for a team that's been rebuilt by USA's Dutch head coach Janneke Schopman in recent years.

“We have a young and new squad, both players and staff,” Schopman said. “The Pan American Games will be a whole new experience for them. I would like to see the team getting better each day. If they are able to play like they are used to, the team could get far at Lima 2019."

“Of course people are talking about us being the defending champions, but we can’t really compare it to our previous wins. Back in 2011 and 2015 we had a completely different squad. To me, Argentina is the big favorite at Lima 2019.”

The Argentinian squad, known as ‘Las Leonas’, is placed third on the International Hockey Federation's (FIH) world ranking list and has won six gold medals at the Pan American Games since women’s hockey was introduced in 1987.

“They always have a strong team,” Schopman said. “We will try to make it very difficult for them, maybe even a bit annoying. Our squad can be quite dangerous and unpredictable at times, which can be in our favor. But first things first: the preliminaries.”

Although Schopman sees Argentina as favorites, she knows other teams are coming through.

“Canada and Chile are certainly working hard and getting closer and closer,” she said. “We should not forget about them. I am sure it will be a close contest at Lima 2019. It will all depend on the form on the day."

“Of course we would like to win again, but most important is to get the most out of our games.” 

The winning team in the women’s hockey competition qualifies automatically for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The competition runs from July 26 to August 10at Campo de Hockey, Complejo Desportivo Villa Maria del Triunfo.

Content Courtesy of News Service Lima 2019

USFHA media release

France the side to watch at men’s Euro B division in Cambrai

©: Frank Uijlenbroek / World Sport Pics

The French men’s national team is looking to complete their summer schedule with a second goal medal as they host the men’s EuroHockey Championship II in Cambrai.

Jeroen Delmee’s side already won the FIH Series Finals in Le Touquet in June to earn an Olympic qualifier spot.

And they will be confident of backing that up on home turf this week and earning promotion to the top level in Europe for 2021.

They will feature Gaspard Baumgarten and Jean-Baptiste Forgues who also won the Belgian championship with Royal Leopold while Waterloo Ducks’ Nicolas Dumont, Victor Charlet and Pieter van Straaten were part of the panel who won the EHL.

The French start off their campaign against the Czech Republic before facing Poland and Belarus who feature a large number of HC Minsk players in their line-up.

The other side of the draw features Russia, Italy, Austria and Ukraine, all vying for a top two finish in the group stages and then potentially a semi-final berth where a win guarantees promotion.

** All games from the tournament will be streamed live on www.eurohockeytv.org

Euro Hockey League media release

Lalremsiami opens up on why she stayed back with Indian hockey team after father’s death

The team heard news of the tragedy and rallied around the 19-year-old Lalremsiami. Chief coach Sjoerd Marijne told her she could return immediately to her family if she wanted.

Sandip Sikdar

Young Forward Lalremsiami in action during India’s Semi-Final match against Chile(Hockey India)

Lalremsiami could not have been in a better mood.

The Indian women’s hockey team had won all three of its group games and qualified for the semis of the important FIH Series Finals in Hiroshima, and the teenage striker from Mizoram, one of the youngest in the team, had already scored two goals.

It was June 21, and Siami, as she is called by her teammates, was looking forward to the next day with both excitement and anxiety—the team had to take on Chile in the semi-final; if they lost, it would be the end of India’s quest to qualify for the Olympics.

It was then that Siami received a phone call from her home. There was bad news. Her father had passed away.

The team heard news of the tragedy and rallied around the 19-year-old. Chief coach Sjoerd Marijne told her she could return immediately to her family if she wanted.

But Lalremsiami decided against it.

“Sir (Marijne) left the decision to me,” she says. “We had worked very hard for the tournament, we had to make it to the Olympic qualifiers.

“I thought my papa would be proud of me if I complete my work and not leave it unfinished.”

For Siami, the Indian squad is full of didis (elder sisters), and now her didis told her that they would win this tournament for her.

“The mood in the team changed from being excited about the semis to being grim,” says India’s captain Rani Rampal. “It was important to lift ourselves from the tragedy and give emotional support to Siami. It was obviously the toughest moment for her. It was difficult but we had to deal with it as a team and as a family.”

The very next day, Siami took the field for one of the most important matches in her short career. It had taken the Indian women’s team 36 years to qualify for the Olympics in 2016. Rani and Co want to maintain that record and play at Tokyo 2020. But for that, they had to win this match; simply making the final would be enough to make the cut for the Olympic Qualifiers later in the year, but a loss would mean the end of the road for Tokyo.

“Our aim was always to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. But this news made us more determined to win the match the next day and win the tournament for her and her father,” says Rani. “She chose to stay on and played the semi-final and final. It was her father’s wish to see the India qualify for the Olympics. We are now one step away from making this dream come true and will remain focused on this goal.”

India not just entered the qualifiers by beating Chile but defeated reigning Asian Games champions and hosts Japan in the summit clash to end with gold.

Only then did Siami return home to complete the rituals.

“It (to qualify for Olympics) will be very big for me. Every sportsperson dreams of playing at the Olympics. Plus, my father would also have been really happy if he saw me play at the Games,” says Siami.

The bond with Rani

Though the lively Siami makes friends easily, she is closest to her captain Rani, and the two are roommates at tournaments and camps, and on the field, work in tandem on the forward line.

Rani has been a pillar of support for Siami in the team ever since the Mizo made her India debut in 2017. From standing by her through the tragedy of her father’s death to teaching her Hindi when she first came into the squad, Rani is always on the job, as a captain and as a friend.

“Rani didi ke saath bahut mazza aata hai (It is always fun with Rani),” Siami says. “She keeps teaching me, on or off the field, whether it is about the game or anything else. Even in our room if I don’t understand something I ask her to explain. Then on the field, she instructs me—where to move, the structure etc. If she feels that I need to be taught something, she comes and explains it to me on her own.”

Two years ago when Siami joined the national setup, not knowing Hindi became a major obstacle for Siami—the striker was even benched by then chief coach Harendra Singh as she couldn’t follow his instructions in Hindi.

Now, Siami converses in the language with ease.

“Yes, now I am comfortable in Hindi but it is still not that good,” she says sheepishly.

“Rani didi keeps teaching me in the room. At home nobody speaks Hindi, only Mizo. So when I joined the national academy in 2016 in New Delhi I knew nothing and could only say my name. It was only in national camps that the didis taught me. Now, even Rani didi says, ‘You speak very good Hindi’. I also have a Mizo-Hindi dictionary and keep reading it,” says Siami, who won the Asian Hockey Federation’s (AHF) Rising Player of the Year (Female) award in February.

Hindustan Times

Bunters and Rangers blow Womens Tournament wide Open

Image - Marcel Sigg, Run, Ride, Dive

The Blyde River Bunters faced the gauntlet this morning and emerged the other side with their title defence still alive. It took only seconds to get the first goal of the tournament for the Bunters as the Namaqualand Daisies afforded Celia Evans too much space. The 2016 SA Hockey Player of the Year surged into the D and fired in a shot that was deflected home off a Daisies defender stick. It got better for the Bunters when a penalty corner variation landed at the stick of Izelle Verster who made no mistake.

It looked like a formality for the Bunters to record their first win but then began the Bianca Wood show. The youngster who made her national debut earlier this year against Namibia produced a sensational solo run and finish to pull one goal back for the Bunters. The goal brought back memories of the goal of the tournament by Simone Gouws in the first PHL. Wood then made it 2-2 when she was on the end of superb work by Thati Segoale to glance the ball home past Phumelela Mbande.

With the game heading into a shootout, Celia Evans grabbed it by the scruff of the neck and drove into the D before firing in a shot from an acute angle with just 16 seconds left on the clock. The Bunters tournament is still alive.

The Mapungubwe Mambas themselves made it four out of four with their own 3-2 victory over the Garden Route Gazelles. The Wade Dollman and Mustapha Cassiem show was once again highlighted in the opening goal as a blistering counter attack led the two strikers to combine before Cassiem was left one-on-one with Siya Nolutshungu and rattled the backboard with a fine strike. An error from Gazelles Lance Louw then gave Mambas captain Owen Mvimbi the chance to double the lead which he did with an emphatic shot into the bottom corner.

The best of their bunch was yet to come, and we had to wait until the second half before the other half of the Mambas bash brothers, Dollman got on the scoresheet. Picking up the ball just outside the 25, the striker arched a perfect run into the D before netting into the top right corner. It was a sensational finish.

Dan Sibbald had other ideas and drove his team back into the game. First, he effected a turnover against Jacky Mohlaba before firing the ball across the goal. Brandon James got the touch on the line to claim the goal, but Sibbald undoubtedly the architect. He was the architect of the second as a perfect cross allowed young sensation Marvin Simons to top into an empty net.

But the Mambas would hang on and secure their top spot and a fourth consecutive victory in the 2019 CTM Premier Hockey League.

The St. Lucia Lakers were looking to secure their own semi-final spot when they took on the Madikwe Rangers, but it was Sandile Bosman’s team that were smiling at the end of the four quarters. The Rangers knew a defeat would leave their tournament hopes in tatters and spurred on by that, and her national squad selection, Nomnikelo “Nicky” Veto produced a player of the match performance in guiding the Rangers home. She netted twice once through a superb solo strike and a second through a deft touch after a great Lisa Deetlefs pass.

The Lakers though fought back and got on the scoresheet when Megan Anderson bundled home at a penalty corner to give the game life, but the Rangers were good value for their lead and let the clock run down and secured a much-needed win.

The Rangers will play the Wings tomorrow, while the Lakers take on the Bunters. Both aware that a slip up could allow the Daisies or Bunters to usurp them into the semi-finals.

The inaugural CTM Premier Hockey League final was between the Addo Elephants and the Maropeng Cavemen and the old adversaries faced off again in the group stages. Both teams still feature their original PHL Coaches and have produced some classics along the way. Today it was the Elephants who got the last laugh as they emerged victorious in a 6-3 goal fest.

The Elephants led 3-1 at the end of the first quarter with Julian Hykes netting a brace after former Cavemen striker Cerezo Comerasamy opened the scoring with an effortless flick into the side net. Hykes two goals were typical Julian goals fired home with venom. Craig Wiid had pulled one back for the Cavemen with his third pc goal of the season, but they showed superb fight in pulling it back to 3-3. Keegan Hezlett scored a thunderbolt reverse stick straight through Martins before Courtney Halle added to his goal against the Dragons. As thoughts would have gone towards the win for Mark Sanders side, they were sucker punched by a quick double from Sinoxolo Mbekeni, who scored after superb work by Chad Futcher, and Comersamy with his second, a good touch of fortune in that one.

As the game headed towards its conclusion, Hykes popped up with his 3rd of the game, 4th of the year and 12th all time PHL goal giving former national and provincial team mate Rassie Pieterse no chance with a brilliant drive into the bottom corner. That goal wrapped up the victory but also the bonus point that puts the Addo Elephants on the brink of the semi-finals.

It was one-way traffic in the days final game as the Drakensberg Dragon routed the Golden Gate Gladiators 6-0. The results sent the Gladiators home without a win and meant it would be a straight fight between the Addo Elephants and Garden Route Gazelles for a semi-final spot.

Ryan Crowe struck early for the Dragons and the result was never in doubt from that moment on. They methodically added goals throughout the game with Dylan Swanepoel making it two before Ignatius Malgraff, the all-time leading goal scorer of the Premier Hockey League produced a moment of sublime individual skill to leave all mesmerised in making it 3-0.

In the second half Richard Pautz reacted first to make it 4-0 after good Bili Ntuli work before Ross Hetem benefitted from a Pautz pass and his own sublime finish. There was still time left for the Dragons to get their 6th and final goal through Ignatius Malgraff, netting his 15th all-time PHL Goal to confirm the Dragons will be there for the final games next weekend.

CTM Premier Hockey League – 27 July Results

10:00 – (W) – Blyde River Bunters 3-2 Namaqualand Daisies
12:00 – (M) – Mapungubwe Mambas 3-2 Garden Route Gazelles
14:00 – (W) – St. Lucia Lakers 1-2 Madikwe Rangers
16:00 – (M) – Addo Elephants 6-3 Maropeng Cavemen
18:00 – (M) – Golden Gate Gladiators 6-0 Drakensberg Dragons

CTM Premier Hockey League – 28 July Fixtures

08:00 – (W) – Blyde River Bunters vs. St. Lucia Lakers
10:00 – (W) – Madikwe Rangers vs. Wineland Wings
12:00 – (M) – Addo Elephants vs. Garden Route Gazelles
14:00 – (M) – Mapungubwe Mambas vs. Drakensberg Dragons
16:00 – (W) – Orange River Rafters vs. Namaqualand Daisies

Men's Pool standings

Rank Team Played Wins SO Win SO Loss Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points
1 Mapungubwe Mambas 4 3 1 0 0 12 6 6 13
2 Drakensburg Dragons 4 2 1 0 1 16 8 8 11
3 Maropeng Cavemen 5 3 0 0 2 14 14 0 9
4 Addo Elephants 4 2 0 0 2 13 12 1 8
5 Garden Route Gazelles 4 1 0 1 2 14 10 4 5
6 Golden Gate Gladiators 5 0 0 1 4 6 25 -19 1

Women's Pool standings

Rank Team Played Wins SO Win SO Loss Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points
1 Wineland Wings 4 2 2 0 0 6 3 3 12
2 Orange River Rafters 4 2 0 2 0 7 5 2 8
3 Madikwe Rangers 4 2 0 0 2 6 6 0 6
4 St Lucia Lakers 4 1 1 0 2 10 10 0 6
5 Namaqualand Daisies 4 1 0 1 2 9 11 -2 4
6 Blyde River Bunters 4 1 0 0 3 3 6 -3 3

SA Hockey Association media release

Dilbar scores 10 goals for NBP against Gilgit

ISLAMABAD - Dilbar Hussian scored 10 goals as NBP routed sorry Gilgit 27-0 in the 65th Muhammad Noor Khan National Hockey Championship-2019 match played at Abdul Sattar Edhi National Hockey Stadium, Karachi on Saturday.

Talking exclusively to The Nation from Karachi Staff Officer to President Pakistan Hockey Federation Tariq Mir, who is highly cooperative and providing all the details of the matches from day-1, said: “The basic aim of holding the championship is to provide fresh talent to Pakistan hockey. It is the vision of President Brig (R) Khalid Khokhar that youngsters are the future of Pakistan hockey. We had already witness some of the best talent and Khubaib Ahmed of Punjab is one such massive talent, who could become one of the greats of Pakistan hockey in the years to come. I have prepared a report and will present to the PHF President as the championship concludes.”

Besides NBP, in the other matches of the day, PIA hammered Islamabad 8-0, Army Whites thrashed Fata 16-0, Police edged out KP 4-3 and in the last match of the day, Navy beat Port Qasim 3-1.

In the first match, NBP simply toyed with Gilgit team and scored goals at will. It was raining of goals from everywhere. Dilbar, who had scored for Pakistan national team on number of occasions, was in sublime form with the stick and scored 10 goals while Atiq, Bilal and Juniad hit hat tricks, Abu Bakar and Ali Hassan scored two goals apiece while Kashif, Nohaiz, Hassan, Faizan and Ahmad Butt were also on the score sheet.

In the second match, PIA went 8 goals past Islamabad. Roman Khan and Shafqat Rasool scored two goals each while Hamid, Zubair, Waqas and Abu Zar scored a goal each.

In the third match, Army Whites hammered Fata 16-0, Waseem Akram, Farhan and Anwar scored three goals. M Tauqeer and M Ahmed scored two goals each while Aammad Ali, Faizan, Ahmed and Muzammil scored a goal each for the winners.

It was arguably the best match of the tournament played between Police and KP. Police edge out KP 4-3. Shahbaz scored a brace for the winners while Ibrar and Noman also scored a goal for KP. Ismail scored two and Yasir scored one goal.

In the 5th and last match of the day, Navy outlasted Port Qasim 3-1. Asad Azhar, Akbar Ali and m Saqib scored a goal each for the sailors, while Abdul Rehman scored the consolation goal for Port Qasim.

The Nation

Butali stretch lead as Gladiators claim bragging rights


Butali Warriors' Barnabas Odhiambo (right) reacts after missing a chance against Western Jaguars during their Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) men’s Premier League match at Eregi Teachers Training College ground in Kakamega on July 27,2019. PHOTO | TITUS MAERO |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

Strathmore Gladiators claimed an inspiring 3-0 victory against United States International University in the men’s hockey Premier League varsity derby played on Saturday at City Park Stadium.

However, it’s the defending champions Butali Sugar Warriors, who stayed at the top of the standings, edging out Western Jaguars 1-0 at Eregi Teachers Training College (ETTC) Ground in Kakamega.

Skipper Festus Onyango was the hero when he sunk a double, from the spot in the 23rd minute and a field goal in 48th minute, to spur Gladiators to their second victory of the season.   

Gladiators’ other goal came from Edgar Makete’s field goal in the 32nd minute.

The victory saw Meshack Senge’s charges pull from the bottom the of the 10-team league to eighth place with as many points drawn from two wins, a draw and five losses. Gladiators other win was against Greensharks whom they beat 3-1 a month ago.

Roving forward George Mutira’s goal in the 22nd minute is what Butali Warriors needed to silence stubborn Jaguars and uphold their unbeaten run and top spot, stretching their lead to 18 points. Butali Sugar now have five wins and three draws.

Butali Coach Dennis Owoko expressed delight at his team’s victory.

“We take ever match as a final, something that has contributed to our performance,” said Owoko.

Jaguars tactician Mike Malungu, who is also the National Under 21 coach, rued many missed scoring opportunities.

“We dominated the better part of the first half and it’s unfortunate that we ended up losing,” regretted Malungu.

Jaguars had a golden scoring chance as early as the fifth minute when Willis Malesi put through Kelvin Machinji whose shot was well taken by hawk-eyed custodian Linus Sang.

A counter attack by Butali forwards Moses Ademba, Frank Wanangwe and Amos Barkibir proved futile as Jaguars backline led by Edison Simiyu defended brilliantly.

A defensive blunder from Jaguar’s Collins Omachi saw Brian Musasia put through Mutira who sounded the board.

Jaguars remain fourth in the log with 13 points drawn from four wins, a draw and four losses.

Daily Nation

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