Brian Bwire was the hero as he saved two penalties and scored one to help Kariobangi Sharks beat English side Everton 4-3 in post match penalties in an exhibition match played at Moi International Sports Center Kasarani on Sunday afternoon.
Many expected Everton to pick an easy win in the game but a first half goal from Duke Abuya and an equalizer from youngster Joe Williams for the Liverpool based side ensured the game went to penalties.
Sharks stunned many when they started the game strongly dictating proceedings in the opening stages of the encounter against the English side.
Duke Abuya, Erick Kapaito and newboy Patrick Otieno caused Everton defenders alot of problems. The likes of Oumar Niasse, Theo Walcott and Nathan Broadhead barely threatened Sharks attackers in the opening stages of the counter.
A moment of magic from Duke Abuya in the 27th minute gave Sharks the lead. The attacker cut in from the right flank, feigned a pass before firing past a helpless Everton keeper Maarten Stekelenburg.
Backed by the home crowd, Sharks continued to attack the English side. Harrison Mwendwa saw his effort from a tight angle fly across goal with Stekelenburg well beaten.
A couple of chances fell to both teams just before the break but both teams failed to make them count and the first stanza ended in Sharks’ advantage.
Marco Silva’s side showed massive improvement after the interval followingtthe introduction of youngsters. They started raiding the Kenyan side in search of an equalizer.
Fraser Horby, Dennis Adeniran and Joe Williams upped the tempo as they looked to pin William Muluya’s charges in their own half.
One of their forays earned them an equalizer. Sharks conceded a freekick at the edge of the area and youngster Joe Williams beat Brian Bwire in Sharks goal with a low freekick.
Silva’s youngsters continued raiding Sharks in search of more goals but couldn’t break down the KPL side and the match had to be decided on penalties.
— Ole Teya (@Kevin_teya) July 7, 2019
In post match penalties Nathan Broadhead, Josh Bowler and Fraser Hornbyscored for Everton while Joe Williams and Dennis Adeniran missed . For Kariobangi Sharks Eric Juma, Sven Yidah, George Abege and Brian Bwire converted while Duke Abuya missed his kick.
— Everton (@Everton) July 7, 2019