The striker – born to a neighborhood father and an English mom – wanted simply the primary half to internet twice
Kenya’s Jonah Ayunga scored a brace in Bristol Rovers’ 3-1 win over Portsmouth on Tuesday in a League One encounter.
Ayunga performed a essential function because the Fuel picked a win after happening 2-0 to Oxford United in a earlier match.
The primary clear likelihood for the hosts got here when Luke Leahy, who was appointed because the stand-in captain. He looped a ball over the Portsmouth backline for Brandon Hanlan, however goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray gained the one-on-one contest as he collected the ball with Rovers’ likelihood all however misplaced.
Luke McCormick for Rovers was, nonetheless, denied by MacGillivray after he was put by on aim by Sam Nicholson on the quarter-hour mark.
The Portsmouth custodian was alert moments later as soon as extra when he stopped Hanlan from scoring after he obtained a cross from Leahy in an open house alongside the left-wing.
The guests took the lead within the 25th minute when a robust cross landed on John Marquis’ path and the star fired house from shut vary to stun the house aspect. Rovers, nonetheless, equalised virtually 10 minutes after conceding the opener.
Ayunga labored his well beyond the marker contained in the penalty field earlier than he fiercely fired house previous MacGillivray who had been spectacular earlier than. The 34th-minute league aim was the primary for the starlet.
He returned together with his second of the day only a minute to the half-time break. Leahy delivered a medical cross in direction of his path and the ahead simply introduced the ball down together with his chest, created sufficient taking pictures house earlier than netting his brace with a low drive that discovered the nook.
Bristol would have scored the second aim after they created the primary clear likelihood of the second half when George Byers – from the sting of the field – virtually fired a low cross previous Joe Day’s right-hand submit.
Leahy gained a penalty for Rovers within the 70th minute and he rose to transform it efficiently. The captain for that day dispossessed a Portsmouth defender and moved swiftly in direction of aim however he was clipped from the again forcing the referee to award the spot-kick. The penalty discovered a approach into the underside left nook as he scored his sixth aim of the season.
As Ayunga celebrated his double, his coach Tommy Widdrington acknowledged the win got here due to a transparent plan.
“We had a transparent plan to make this place a tough place for groups to return to,” the supervisor mentioned as was quoted by Evening Express.
“Portsmouth are an excellent aspect, in case you end above them you’re more likely to go up.
“We now have confirmed we will compete with the most effective within the division. I’ve little question that we’ve sufficient on this constructing.
“If we will win extra battles than we lose, we’ll win video games. It’s 11 vs 11 on the pitch, regardless of who these gamers are.
“I’m gutted that we’ve not had followers right here after this efficiency. The followers would have gone house delighted with that win, lose or draw.”
The subsequent recreation for Ayunga and teammates will likely be an away journey to Gillingham.