By Julia Wanjeri
A tightly-contested encounter between the Soccer Sisters and Soccer Queens seemed headed for a draw when Rebecca Akinyi found the back of the net twice in quick succession to give the visitors a much-needed win at Camp Toyoyo Grounds, Nairobi, on Wednesday 1 June 2016.
Coming from a 3-1 away loss, Soccer Queens started on a high note, attacking from the word go, and in the fifth minute, Akinyi slid it past the keeper into the net, but her goal was ruled offside.
The visitors piled the pressure with midfielder Corazon Aquino firing in several long-range missiles, and the attacking duo of Terry Engessa and Rebecca Akinyi connecting superbly. However, they failed to finish off their chances, thus giving the hosts, who were playing their season opener, a chance to catch their footing. Just before the half-hour mark, they were almost punished for this when Waithera Ngigi surged past Soccer Queens’ defence and one-on-one with the keeper, she failed to sail home a sitter.
Towards the end of the first half, Soccer Sisters made their first substitution, bringing in Irene Kambua for Faith Awuor. This tamed Soccer Queens’ midfield as both sides headed for half-time.
The second half started on the same note as the end of the first half with both sides looking pretty evenly-matched. Soccer Sisters did their second substitution in the 60th minute, Purity Nyongesa coming in for Margaret Wanjiru to bring a fresh pair of legs in the midfield.
The visitors were quick to respond, bringing in Vivian Wanjiru for Lucy Achieng. Wanjiru slipped into the holding midfield position perfectly, releasing Acquino to roam further forward. This worked like magic as Soccer Queens’ attack became more threatening.
In the 76th minute, a fast counterattack ended with Terry Engessa delivering a fine cross, which Akinyi buried home. Twelve minutes later, same move was repeated only this time it was Acquino providing the assist for Akinyi to score her second of the match and her third of the season, giving Soccer Queens their first win after they lost 3-1 in their season opener against Makolanders.
“We didn’t have our strongest side in our first match, which we lost to Makolanders. We did today and you could notice the difference. Great to record a win, as it puts us in the right place mentally. Now we focus on Gaspo Youth who we face away next,” Amos Kimani, coach Soccer Queens, told Ladies March.
“We did not finish our chances but the girls did a pretty good job against a pretty good side,” Soccer Sisters’ coach Andrew Juma told Ladies March, wishing to concentrate more on the positives. “It is just but our first game. So we pick the lessons and prepare for our next opponent,” he added.
Prepare well, they will have to as Soccer Sisters face the defending Champions Thika Queens next.
Soccer Sisters versus Soccer Queens was initially meant to be played on the 29 May but was postponed to Wednesday 1 June.