South Coast Pirates condemned Mombasa RFC to yet another loss to stretch their dominance in the local derby played at the Seacrest Grounds, Ukunda 4 pm.
Pirates went to the match as favourites having won their previous encounters against Mombasa. The hosts got their first advantage of the day, winning a penalty but Elias Gitonga failed to convert.\
Efforts pay off
After camping in Mombasa’s territory, Pirates’ efforts finally bore fruits with new boy Ibrahim Nyongesa picking the ball after an infringement and linked up with Joseph Musyoki who later passed the ball to Kenya Chipu’s Idd Ganguma to land an opener in the quarter hour mark to send the fans to the third world. Gitonga missed the twos.
The hosts were forced to an early substitution due to injury with Dominic Atira paving the way for Jimmy Wekesa.
Mombasa replied with Abdalla Mwasimba scoring an unconverted try to level the matters 5-5.
Before even the visitors had to done celebrating their equaliser, Pirates replied with Devin Abuga setting up a pass to Speedster Steven Bosire who made no mistake, touching down at the corner post for a 10-5 lead, Gitonga’s attempt to convert went wide. The pirates went to the break leading.
After resumption, the ukunda-based side made several changes in a second half marred by a lot of physicalities, the Kevin Amiani charges kept knocking at their arch-rivals door minute by minute.
At the 75th minute, the busiest man of the day, winger Steven Bosire unleashed his electric runs after a nice interchange with Lee Ghati to land a centre post try that completed his brace. Former Kakamega School full-back Bakari Hassan added the extras to stretch pirates lead to 17-05.
Pirates would later hold on to a win, a victory that sees them carry the bragging rights in the Clash dubbed ‘Coastal Derby’ which was played to honour Pirates Founder George Barbour.
Pirates will open the new season at home playing host to USIU martials on 26th, November.