The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: St John's First Team to Reach Quarter-Finals

ST JOHN'S HIGH from Kaloleni Giriama were the first team to qualify to the quarter finals of the ongoing national Jamhuri women's peace tournament after trouncing homegrown Vipingo United 4-0 in their third match.

The Kilifi county champions were steered ahead by Mwanahalima Adam who scored a hat-trick striking in the 20th , 29th and 46th minutes in Pool "B" match at Mombasa Polytechnic ground.

Efforts by United to get into the match were frustrated by Rehema Mwacharo who scored in the 34 th minute to enable her team take an unassailable 3-0 lead at the breather before Mwanahalima was on the mark complete her hat-trick and make it 4-0 in regulation time.

The Joseph Oyoo coached St. Jonh's drew 1-1 draw with Bandari Ladies only a day after dismissing Massive Queens 13-0 in a preliminary round match to take the lead in their pool with seven points.

Meanwhile defending champions Moyas showed their determination to retain the title after they spanked Savalma from Nairobi 9-0 in their first Pool "C" match at the same venue.

The goals came from Josephine Adhiambo who scored in the 28th, 54th and 70th minutes, Cheris Avilia who hit the back of the net in the 13th and 38th minutes, Cheche Mildred (19th), Mercy Achieng in the 43'rd min, Terry Ouko in the 65'th min and Elizabeth Mwikali's wrap up in the 69th minutes.

At the same venue Moyas drubbed Junior Stars from Kilifi 7-0 to top the pool alongside Soccer Queens although they enjoy a better goal difference.

And hosts Spedag Ladies recovered to register a morale boosting 1-0 victory over Thika Queens from Central Province with a 24th minute goal through Martha Karemi.

The win placed them second with three points, level with Thika Queens but with an inferior goal difference. In another Pool "A" match at the same venue Thika Queens drubbed Soccer Sisters 3-1.

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