Vihiga Queens defeated Thika Queens 2-1 at Camp Toyoyo on Sunday evening to clinch their maiden Football Kenya Federation Women Premier League title.
It was a sweet revenge for the Vihiga County outfit after Thika Queens beat them 2-0 in the play-off played at the same ground last season.
Vihiga Queens’ mid-season acquisition, Terry Engesha, scored a brace in the 14th and 32nd minutes while Wincate Kaari scored the lone goal for former champions Thika Queens in 28th minute.
— Magoma Gichana (@beckiemagoma) December 10, 2017
Vihiga Queens were the better side in the first 10 minutes with national team player Corazon Aquino, Cynthia Shilwatso and Engesha combining well upfront but they were indecisive in front of goal.
Two-time champions Thika Queens threatened when Lucy Mukhwana unleashed a delicious cross to Mercy Achieng in the 12th minute but the latter’s shot was feeble and Vihiga Queens’ custodian Lilian Awour collected the ball comfortably.
Vihiga responded almost immediately with Phoebe Oketch releasing Engesha, who had so much to do with the ball in the opponent’s six yard, she controlled the ball with her right foot before rounding the goalkeeper and unleashed a left-footed shot to give her side the lead in the 14th minute.
The complexion of the match changed with that goal as Thika Queens kept pressing for an equalizer.
Fauzia Omar was the provider this time round but Achieng’s shot wide over the bar.
Thika’s persistence continued as they created half chances but their efforts were rewarded after their opponents conceded a free kick outside the goal area in the 28th minute.
U-20 skipper, Wincate Kaari stepped forward to take it and the deflected ball was behind the net for an equalizer.
Thika’s joy was short-lived minutes later as the determination from Vihiga produced a second goal in the 32nd minute, thanks to Cynthia Shilwatso who played Engesha for her brace.
On resumption, Thika coach Benta Achieng introduced Juliet Auma for Nelly Sawe at the heart of defense with Vihiga coach Alex Alumira also introducing Myline Awour for Corazone Aquino.
Vihiga showed the commitment with their close effort coming in the 67th minute but Shilwatso blasted the ball over the bar.
Thika responded with a long range shot from Omar but Awour made a decisive save to keep Vihiga lead intact as they held on for the victory.
@Vihigaqueens meteoric rise have been impressive;
Formed in 2014 and played in division 1
Gained promotion in 2016 and finished as runners-up
Reached the championship play-off again in 2017 and have now claimed the title at the expense of the renowned Thika Queens.
— Chibuogwu N. (@Chibuogwu_N) December 11, 2017