KeWPL Talking Points: Thika leapfrogs Spedag as Engesha shatters records

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Rebecca Magoma

Thika Queens ran riot with a 4-0 win over arch-rivals Spedag, in the Football Kenya Federation Women Premier League fixture played at Thika Sub-County over the weekend.

Mercy Achieng and Fauzia Omar each scored a brace each for the reigning champions.

Achieng who has had a good season, opened the scoring in the 26th minute before Omar doubled the advantage 10 minutes later.

On resumption, Achieng continued from where she left off, completing her brace two minutes after the restart.

Omar converted from the spot in the 77th minute to ensure the home team bag maximum points and maintain their unbeaten run this season.

With the win, Thika cemented their stay at the top of the table with 32 points from 11 matches.

Zone B

Vihiga Queens 6-2 Wadaida

In Zone B, Vihiga Queens shattered Wadadia 6-2 in their penultimate match played at Mumias Complex over the weekend.

Former Vihiga Leeds striker Terry Engesha, scored a record five goals, with Kenya’s under-20 captain and Harambee Starlets midfielder Corazone Aquino, finishing off with her maiden goal thus ensuring the Vihiga-based side picked maximum points.

Engesha has been in top form following her mid-season switch from cross-town rivals, Vihiga Leeds, netting 12 goals in three matches she has featured for Queens.

This was the second match for Aquino after joining the club from Zone A side Soccer Queens, during the mid-season transfer window.

Ruth Chebungei and Merab Ochieng scored a goal apiece for the away side Wadadia.

Engesha proved imperious, as she opened the scoring in the seventh minute, before adding a second six minutes later.

She added a third in the 16th minute, before her fourth came in the dying embers of the first half, giving her side a resounding 4-0 lead into the break.

Chebungei pulled one for Wadadia on the hour mark before Merab Ochieng added a second two minutes later,proving the contest was far from over at 4-2.

However, Engesha snuffed out any hope of a comeback after scoring her fifth in the 69th minute with Aquino sealing the lead with the 77th minute strike.

Queens are currently leading the zone with 30 points; three points clear of Oserian Ladies who have 27 points from the same number of matches but the two sides will face each other in the season-ender at Naivasha this Sunday, 19 November.

In the first leg, Oserian Ladies defeated Queens at home, the only defeat the latter have suffered this season.

As it stands, Queens will mathematically finish as the zone’s winner which automatically qualifies them for the national play-offs for the second consecutive season.

Oserian have slim chances to topple Queens since they need to score 14 goals and above. They will finish behind Queens for the second consecutive season.

Vihiga Leeds 2-1 Palos Ladies

In another fixture, Vihiga Leeds defeated Palos Ladies 2-1, in an earlier kickoff at the Mumias Complex, thanks to Pauline Musungu’s brace. Sara Juma scored the consolation for Palos.

The league is set to fold its curtains next weekend, with the play-offs pitting winners from Zone A and B for the championship title to be announced at a latter date.

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