Mashemeji derby: Kipkirui scores brace as Gor Mahia silence AFC Leopards 3-1 at Kasarani
- Gor Mahia stunned Leopards to inch closer to a third consecutive KPL title
- Kipkirui scored a brace to gift Gor a crucial victory over their rivals
- Oburu scored Ingwe's consolation minutes to stoppage time
A spectacular brace from Nicholas Kipkirui and Jacquese Tuyisenge's second-half goal were the difference as Gor Mahia defeated rivals, AFC Leopards, 3-1 in the 86th edition of the Mashemeji derby played at Kasarani Stadium on Sunday, May 19.
Having suffered defeats in the mid week, both sides named relatively strong sides ahead of the clash even as Andre Cassa Mbungo sought his first win over Gor since his arrival at Leopards.
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Hassan Oktay introduced captain Harun Shakava, Joash Onyango, Kenneth Muguna, Francis Kahata and Philemon Otieno after resting them in their 1-0 defeat to Nzoia.
Mbungo, on the other hand unleashed the quartet of David Ochieng, Whyvonne Isuza, Paul Were and Soter Kayumba, with the hope of delaying K'Ogalo's inevitable 17th title celebrations.
Both sides started the Sunday clash brightly, but it was Nicholas Kipkirui who broke the deadlock in the 21st minute to give Gor the lead.
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The high-flying forward doubled the advantage in the 60th minute, with Ingwe struggling to settle into the match thereafter.
Jacques Tuyisenge etended the lead in the 64th minute as Gor Mahia to put the match beyond their rivals, before Vincent Oburu scoring a consolation for Mbungo's men just four minutes before stoppage time.
Leopard's demolition mirrors their continued struggle to break Gor's dominance in the Mashemeji derby in recent years.
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