South Coast Pirates have endured a tough start into the new year after losing their first fixture since the return of the Championship league from the end of year break.
In a chilly evening at the Kibiko Secondary School venue, Pirates failed to replicate the performance shown during the 31-24 win over Catholic Monks as they went down 14-5 to Ngong.
After losing their previous fixture to JKUAT, Ngong were able to make amends by getting back to winning ways in front of their own fans. Their intent was clear when they went ahead through a converted try early in the first half.
Dennis Momanyi converted Reuben Simba’s try to put the hosts ahead as both teams sought to find their feet in the opening quarter. Leading 7-0 already, Ngong continued to attack and they were duly rewarded when Brian Wanyama went over for the second try which Momanyi also converted.
At 14-0 down and with halftime approaching, Pirates fought to get back into the game and while their quest may have not been successful, they were able to score first in the second half through a try by Derrick Mambili.
The returning no 8 resumed captaincy duties after missing the home win over Monks and his impact on the field was quickly seen when he received a long pass to go over in the left corner. Pirates should have left with a losing bonus point but a missed conversion to Mambili’s try meant otherwise as Ngong held on to win the first encounter between these two sides.