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KOSSA 2 – Western United 1

The game kicked off to an exciting pace as Western United got down to business chasing into the KOSSA penalty box through Himson Teleda but he was not able to get a clear shot. KOSSA replied quickly winning a free kick halfway past the centre but Seni Ngava’s take went too high and did not trouble the Western United keeper.
Western United enjoyed better possession in the opening 10 minutes but breaking past the KOSSA backline is not easy with Tome Faisi and Ngava taking good control in their department. In attack, KOSSA were failed by passes from the midfield but got better as the game progressed.
Several shots on goal came from Western United halfway into the first half including a powerful low drive from Nathan Kera but none have gone past Severino Aefi. KOSSA got another promising chance from a free kick but Ngava’s attempt was again a few inches too high.
A bad foul by Moffat Kilifa on Nicholas Muri in the 28th minute gave no choice to referee Gerald Oiaka but to point to the spot. Severino Aefi made the long journey across the field to take the kick and he was on target to give KOSSA the lead.
Western United only took 2 minutes to draw the scores level. A set-piece corner by Mostyn Sanga found Kera (Nathan) who put the ball back to the corner kick taker to send in another cross and this time Kilifa was there to slot the ball into the back of the net for the equaliser.
The first half did not produce a clear claim for the win with the 2 sides pretty much locked head to head in all quarters. Western United looked sharp but the KOSSA backline was tough enough to keep them in check save for the one goal by Kilifa. There was promise of more exciting football as the 2 teams took to the pitch for the second half.
KOSSA started the second half well with 2 good scoring chances coming from Wate and Muri but both strikers failed to find target. Western United are kept busy in their own half by a more aggressive approach from the KOSSA front liners.
Ngava puts KOSSA in front after a defensive error in the penalty box gives him the opportunity to shoot for goal and he beats Ray Jnr. Western United players protest but the goal was awarded. Things turned ugly when Western United’s goal scorer Kilifa was given his marching orders by the referee in the resulting argument that erupted following the goal.
Down 1 man the pressure was now on Western United to produce something magical for their fans. However, this proved to be difficult against a KOSSA side who were not about to let their lead slip away.
KOSSA threatened to go further in front late in the match through substitute Harrison Mala but his shot bounced off the cross bar and the Western United defenders quickly made the clearance.
Western United pushed hard to equalise in the dying minutes but KOSSA were able to hold on and the referee’s whistle ended the game with all 3 points in their favour.
KOSSA and Western United are just a point apart in the league ladder and both need to win in their final match to lay claim to the Telekom S-League third prize.

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