Thika Queens edge Zetech Sparks to end season on a high

WPL Thika Queens edge Zetech Sparks to end season on a high

Festus Chuma 14:22 - 27.05.2023

The loss sees Sparks finish the season in seventh place while the win for Thika sees them end in fifth place.

Thika Queens etched their name in the 2022-2023 Football Kenya Federation Women’s Premier League (FKFWPL) top-five bracket on Saturday afternoon, following their 1-0 win over Zetech Sparks on the final day of the season.

The two opposing goalkeepers only had a couple of saves to make as Thika and the Students squandered multiple chances, with Yvonne Kavere missing an open goal in the second half.

Both teams were still trying to settle down with no real chance at goal on both ends in the opening exchanges.

Elizabeth Wanyonyi was brought down on the edge of the box with 20 minutes gone and Lavender Atieno fired the resulting set-piece over the bar.

Zetech Sparks threatened again two minutes later when Susan Nyumba hit a shot on the turn from inside the box that had to be saved by Sharon Khasanda and Yvonne Kavere directed a header wide off the left post from the resulting corner.

Thika Queens had not made much headway in the final third but they finished the half strongly and had three sniffs at goal in the closing stages. 

After Wendy Atieno missed the target from range, Grace Wekesa steered a header over the crossbar from a free-kick and then forced Ziporah Magige into a smart save with another headed attempt from Diana Simiyu's cross.

The second half started in the same way with Zetech Sparks controlling much of the possessions but Thika Queens provided much of an attacking threat.

Puren Alukwe had a strike from long range that sailed over the goal on 49 minutes, while Elizabeth Wanyonyi was again guilty of failing to hit the target with a header from a 53rd-minute free-kick.

Thika were gaining the upper hand now and Pauline Musungu came close to breaking the deadlock in the 61st minute as he steered a header narrowly beyond the left post from a free-kick.

Catherine Nakiri should have opened the scoring eight minutes later but she somehow contrived to fire over the bar from inside the box with the goal at her mercy.

Consolata Irungu almost snatched the winner against the run of play in the 75th minute, although Sharon Khasanda was well-placed to hold onto her long-range shot.

Elusive Grace Wekesa kept getting behind the defense down the left, and in the 85th she latched onto Nakiride’s pass before firing the ball past Zetech Sparks second-choice goalkeeper Ivvone Mnage.