Defending champions Kenya Harlequin FC pulled off a great escape courtesy of Isaac Adimo”s last gasp drop goal that saw them grab victory from the jaws of defeat with a narrow 23-22 Enterprise quarter final win over Kenya Commercial Bank at the RFUEA grounds this afternoon. This was another installment to the series of matches between these sides who have only been separated by six points or less in four league and cup assignments over the past two seasons.


Quins forced KCB into an error straight from kick off, winning a penalty that Peter Abuoga failed to put over. They were soon rewarded with a try when Ashioya beat a static KCB defense to score under the posts. Abuoga converted for a 7-0 lead. Abuoga would soon touch down, but failed to convert his try as Quins raced to a 12-0 lead.


KCB would see more of the ball, as they strung together several phases of play that saw them grow in stature in terms of possession and territory. Their incessant prodding finally bore fruit when back row Max Adaka grounded the ball with Fabian Olando missing the conversion as Quins led 12-5 going into the breather.


The second half was a frenetic affair that saw the Lions throw everything at Quins. Winning a line out in their opponents five yard, KCB’s maul  saw Anthony Ochino touch down. Olando missed this conversion as KCB were just two points behind at 12-10.


More KCB pressure saw Kenya Sevens stalwart Andrew Amonde take out four Quins defenders. From the ensuing ruck, Peter Mutai played in winger Calvins Biko who danced past four defenders to score under the posts. Olando’s first successful conversion of the day saw KCB take a 17-12 lead.


This being a cup fixture, there was still plenty to play off. Quins would win a penalty twenty meters in front of the posts at a time when they looked dead and buried. Abuoga kept his cool to stroke it over, cutting the deficit to 17-15.


A hungrier KCB kept running at Quins, Amonde finally rewarded with a try. Advantage KCB at 22-15. A late Anthony Ogot yellow card saw KCB cede advantage to Quins who would be awarded a penalty try minutes from the end. Abuoga’s conversion bounced off the posts with KCB leading a 22-20 lead.


Quins experience soon came to the fore when Adiomo’s drop kick sailed over the posts, giving them a 23-22 lead that they held for a few more seconds. This was indeed a typical cup tie.


Quins now meet Strathmore in the semis. Strathmore rallied from 0-5 to beat home side Nakuru RFC 12-5 while Nondies were 36-19 winners over Mwamba. They meet Impala who beat Mean Machine 38-19 in the other semi final.


Collated Enterprise Cup Results


Quins 23 KCB 22


Nakuru 5 Strathmore 12


Impala 56 Machine 19


Mwamba 19 Nondies 36


Latest Mwamba Cup Results


KCB II 24 Mwamba II 18


Kisumu 22 Machine 1