Meddie Kagere opened the scores for the former champions before George Odhiambo and Timothy Otieno netted as Gor picked the biggest win over their arch rivals since 2011.
His opposite number, Stewart Hall, who was leading Leopards in his first derby since joining from Tanzania’s Azam, was disappointed with the performance of his players.
“They were better. They won all the second balls and made all the important moves. I think we lost because of nerves. We didn’t have players who have played in derbies before and I was disappointed,” the Brit said after the game.
Leopards’ central defensive pairing of Salim ‘Shittu’ Abdallah and Robinson Kamura had a half to forget with jitters leading them to making basic errors. In the second minute an attempted pass back to Joshua Mawira by Abdallah was intercepted by Otieno.
The striker then put his partner Kagere through on goal, but the latter’s effort to cut to his right to attempt and shoot was futile as he slipped allowing the backtracking AFC defense to clear out the mess.
Gor’s positive start paid off in the 19th minute and it was from yet another defensive gremlin. Harun Shakava’s loop was met by Otieno who kneed it above the onrushing Ian Otieno, leaving Kagere the simplest of tasks of guiding the ball into an empty net.
The leaders continued to knock and they ultimately managed to get the second in the 36th minute, another simple movement through midfield which saw Odhiambo dink the ball over Otieno.
In the second half, Gor kept their dominance and had the bigger chunk of chances. Six minutes after the restart, Godfrey Walusimbi had a low shot hit the upright after swinging the ball into his favorite left foot from a short corner.
On the hour mark, Leopards had a chance to half the deficit but Bernard Mang’oli’s volley on his weaker left foot was over after Kamura’s freekick wasn’t defended well by Gor.
With 15 minutes left on the clock, a chance fell on Gilbert Fiamenyo from a low Mungai Kiongera cross, but the Ghanaian could only direct the ball wide under pressure from Harun Shakava.
‘K’Ogalo’ as Gor are nicknamed drove the final nail on Leopards’s coffin when Otieno reacted fastest to a save from Otieno, heading the ball into the net with the keeper yet to get back to his feet.