Enthralling Action as Moi University Field Marshalls showcase talent despite defeat
National Super League Side; GFE 105 thrashed Moi University school team 4-2 in a thrilling match played at 64 Stadium, Eldoret on Thursday.
The match which ended in a 1-1 draw in the first half, kicked off with both teams securing a fifty percent ball possession in the first quarter. Few minutes later, GFE 105 secured the lead with Mark scoring the opener in the 19th minute from a magnificent cross.
However, GFE’s lead did not last long as Marshalls continued pressing forward with shots from Osuga and Ishmael Mwangi getting saved by GFE’a keeper Sam Munya. The equaliser came in the 39th minute when Muia won a backpass meant for the keeper, and didn’t hesitate to punish the NSL men.
The second half showcased tougher action with both coaches, introducing new faces. GFE’s Coach Joshua Obara brought in a new squad altogether, while Juma Alphonce of Marshalls introducing Ahmed in the defence.
The NSL men were fully energized with back to back counter attacks that blended well with their pacy forwards.
It didn’t take long to punch Marshalls for a second time, after the University men lost possession in the flanks, giving Collo his first goal and second for GFE.
With that , Coach Alphonce introduced Ologi in the midfield and Mohammed in the right wing, a tactic that bore fruits almost immediately.
Ologi’s experience produced an equaliser, passing the ball to Mohammed who run past GFE defenders and scored.
With the match at level, Alphonce introduced Cargo alias OCS in the defence to replace Chege. Communication began fading in the defence yet again with two major mistakes calling for punishment.
The NSL men won the ball easily from Marshall’s men with shots from Ezzy and Shallom getting saved by Marshall’s keeper, Charles Brian. In the 75th minute however, Marshalls were dispossessed in the left wing giving the dangerous Collo his second goal.
With pressure to get an equaliser mounting, Marshalls found themselves in a dilemma on whether to defend or attack. With such frustration, GFE took advantage of their incomplete attacks to launch an attack in the 80th minute but Charles Brian alias Chalo kicked the ball out of danger.
Unfortunately, the ball landed on GFE’s midfielder who gave a quick pass to Shalom for the fourth goal.
Commenting on the match, Marshalls Coach Alphonce Juma congratulated his team for their good game, pointing out the two mistakes that cost them a win.
On his side, GFE Coach Joshua Obara was delighted in the win as his team prepares to kick off the 2018 season in style.
GFE who underwent financial constraints last season, are currently conducting trials to strengthen their squad. Coach Obara also pointed that the team has scheduled fundraising on 4th February to get funds for the new season, hoping that the county government will offer support as well.