Hosts Kisumu Girls ran rampant last weekend as they outplayed and outscored their opponents in the COPA Coca-Cola Kisumu inter-branch matches played at Kisumu Polytechnic.
The home team taught Bondo a bitter football lesson in the first match with a deserved 13-0 thumping, a scoreline that totally reflected their dominance over their far-travelling opponents. Jacinta Atieno opened the floodgates for Kisumu with just three minutes on the clock and by the quarter hour mark, it was already 5-0 with Rose “Macheda” Atieno hitting a brace and Melvin Awuor and Jacinta adding the other two.
The three kept Bondo Girls’ on the back foot from the onset, terrorizing their defence with Rose making mazy runs down the left channel as Melvin impressed on the opposite flank. Jacinta scored two more to make it a quartet of goals for her and Rose finished her hat-trick with a delicate chip as the first half ended 8-0 in favour of the home team.
A brace each from Lavenda Munari and Anne Dola plus one more from the skillful Rose ended the rout. Kisumu found the going a little tougher in their second match against Nyando but they still ran out 2-0 winners. In other matches, Siaya were also on a scoring mood evidenced by their 5-0 mauling of Bondo but they needed Mercy Atieno’s solitary first half goal to edge out Nyando 1-0 in their second encounter.
In the boys’ matches, Nyando Boys were a class above the rest as they won both their matches with a four-goal margin. Eugene Ogaso scored a hat-trick and Geofrey Alwala added another as they beat Kisumu Day 4-2 in the first match. Idi Ramah scored both goals for Kisumu. In their second matches, Nyando mauled Bondo 4-1 as Kisumu Day bounced back from their defeat with a clinical 2-0 win over Siaya who made the long trip back to the county a disappointed lot after losing the second match 2-1 to Bondo.
In Migori inter-branch matches, local boys Migori finished top of the table after winning their first match 2-1 against Kuria boys before they were held 1-1 by Homa Bay Boys. The latter finished runners-up with another 1-1 stalemate against Kuria.
Kuria Girls surprised everyone but themselves as they hit both Migori and Homa Bay Girls with an identical 2-0 win.
Migori Girls outshone Homa Bay 2-0 to clinch the second position.
With the inter-sub-branch matches complete in most sub-branches across the country, the 16 players selected each sub-branch by COPA scouts are now bracing themselves for the inter-branch finals that will begin in earnest.
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