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Gideon Gbondo of Jericho FC and Francis Tharu of Kawangware United battle for the ball during their SPS8 PL tie on Saturday 10 June at BP grounds. The match ended 1-1.

Sportpesa Super 8 premier League log leaders Kawangware United battled to a 1-1 draw against Jericho FC in a thrilling round 15 tie on Saturday 10 June afternoon at a thronged Riruta BP stadium in Kawangware as the first leg of the 2017 season came to a close.

Veteran player cum Coach Francis Thairu scored his 11th goal of the season and the match opener 19 minutes inside the game amid wild celebration from the home fans but his efforts were cancelled out by Jericho’s powerful striker Oneal Omondi at the stroke of half time forcing the duel to end in a stalemate.

Thiaru’s West Conference title hopefuls head into the mid-season break a happy lot as the outcome means they increases their point tally to an impressive 36 at the top of the log where they hold forte for the eleventh successive week having gathered 11 wins and two draws in 15 games.

“I believe we should have won this game, we had better chances but we were not composed in the scoring area and these are some of the things we will be working on during the break, we are not planning to rest. But we played according to plan, that’s what I can say for now.” Kawangware United’s assistant coach Laban Mwangi said after the match.

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Kawangware United captain James Mwangi (L) sheilds the ball away from Jericho's Martens Weinitsheke in their 1-1 SPS8 PL tie at BP stadium on 10 June.

Jericho welcome point

The one point sees Jericho drop to 4th with 28 points, eight behind United but their coach Thomas Okongo despite the results was satisfied with his side’s performance.

He said: “We really tried; the players put a lot of effort to rescue the point. At some point in the game we slightly lost concentration and they capitalised on that but we managed to fight back unfortunately luck was not on our side. But generally the match was tough so am thankful for the point, beating them (Kawangware) at their home is no easy feat that’s why we will be waiting for them come second leg.”

Heading into the two week break that resumes on Saturday 1 July, Jericho have won 8, drawn 4 and lost three times.