After their boys' team got a humbling yesterday, Western regions’ Murhanda Girls eased past Rift Valley outfit Kapsowar Girls 2-0 in a Group B clash as the COPA Coca-Cola U-15 youth football tournament entered its second day at the World Hope Center in Kawangware.
A goal each from Sylvia Munyasa and Lavender Lihemo either side of half time gave the Western provincial finals winners the win which saw them join Kisumu Queens at the top of the log albeit with inferior goal difference.
The duo proved to be the difference in a tight match that saw both teams trade punches in equal measure during the early minutes of the half until Munyasa stepped up to gave her team the lead. The goal spurred Murhanda on and while they were unable to extend their lead in the first half, they got the all important second goal via Lihemo early in the second half.
The second match of the day pitting Kisumu Lakers against Black Cats ended in a 4-0 drubbing of the latter. Lakers took the lead with barely two minutes on the clock through a stunning strike by Ian Samuel and doubled their lead via an Augustine Odhiambo penalty just before the interval.
A spectacular free kick from Steve Otieno and a second goal for Ian made it 4-0 before Eric Ochieng converted a penalty 5 minutes from time to ensure the Lakers started their Group A campaign with 3 points and 5 goals to boot.
Beijing Girls bounced back from their 4-2 defeat against Otto Benecker to dismiss Kaloleni Queens 4-0, Selvine Atamba and Anney Matinde both grabbing a brace.
The clash between Rift Valley’s Gunners FC and Malindi United Academy was dramatic as much as it was entertaining. Gunners took the lead via a 12th minute penalty which was drilled in low and hard by Wesley Omaiyo, only for Hassan Ali to draw level five minutes later.
Ali would then put Malindi ahead just after the interval but Eric Kipkurui’s thunderbolt from outside the area ensured the match ended in a 2-2 stalemate.
The third day will see the impressive Kisumu Queens return to the field to take on Murhanda Girls. Winners of the clash will be guaranteed entry into the semis as they both sit on top of their standings with maximum points. Two teams who are facing elimination, Kapsowar Girls and Maragua Queens will also face on in the other Group B match.
Other girls’ matches will pit Otto Benecker against Kaloleni Queens and Beijing Girls against Mukuyuni Red Shooters.
Kisumu Lakers will tackle Young Muslims and JMJ clash against Black Cats in Group B.
The matches continue at the Hope Center with the semis slated for Friday. Winners of the competition in both boys and girls matches will receive a cash price of Kshs. 500,000, while an All-Star team will be selected for a boot camp in South Africa in September.
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