Bandari 3-1 Mathare United: Slum Boys punished by Dockers
The hosts scored two goals in the first half and one late into the game to bag maximum points
The Dockers scored their goals through Hassan Abdalla, William Wadri and Yema Mwana with the Slum Boys getting theirs through John Mwangi.
The last six matches between the two sides have ended in draws and the last time the coastal-based side won against the 2008 champions was on May 5, 2017.
William Wadri had a chance to open the scoring after a quarter of an hour following a good pass by Danson Namasaka. The Ugandan took too much time and his shot was deflected for an unfruitful corner.
Despite the visitors having a big junk of possession, they could not find their way past the defenders. On the other end, Bandari had good scoring opportunities but they did not capitalise on them.
It all changed in the 39th minute when Dan Guya brought in a good cross which was headed in by Hassan to hand the Twahir Muhiddin-led side a deserved lead. The visitors were punished for a lapse in concentration by the midfielders and the defenders.
Moments later, Wadri made up for his missed chance when this time around he connected with a Namasaka pass to ensure the Dockers went into the half-time break with a 2-0 advantage.
Goalkeeper Justine Ndikumana had to be on top of his game to deny the Slum Boys twice after the resumption. Mathare were aiming at getting a goal to get back into the game to try and at least salvage a point.
With 20 minutes to go, Salim Ali’s team managed to half the deficit when Chris Oduor picked out Mwangi in a good area and the latter made no mistake with his finish.
However, the goal did little to lower the confidence of the home team who looked determined to get maximum points.
Mathare continued pushing and could have levelled matters in the 77th minute, but David Owino failed to find the back of the net from a promising position.
In the 85th minute, Dani Lual also failed to capitalize on a Kevin Kimani free-kick, firing over the bar.
Those chances came back to haunt them in stoppage time as Darius Msagha teed up Mwana and the Congolese hit home the third goal for the hosts to seal the win.