Police 1-3 Express
BUL FC 3-0 Paidha Black Angels
Tooro United FC 1-2 Kirinya Jinja SSS
Express picked their first maximum points of the season with a 3-1 victory away at Police at the StarTimes Stadium on Tuesday.
Having lost 3-1 to Mbarara and drawn their opening game goalless with URA, there were fears that the six-time champions could again struggle against relegation this season.
But against a rather casual Police side, those fears were allayed, even if temporarily, as the Red Eagles gritted out a much needed victory.
Striker Tony Odur eased early nerves punishing loose marking by the Policemen to thump home the opening goal from a tight angle after a pass from right back Julius Ntambi.
Kefa Kisala’s men doubled the advantage just after the half hour mark when Odur turned provider, laying the ball off for the onrushing Ibrahim Kayiwa to slot home after a quick transition.
Police, whose players have to put up with endless promises over delayed wages since last season, improved slightly after the break, with the early pressure leading to Arthur Kiggundu diverting the ball past his goalkeeper Mathias Muwanga.
But they were again punished a minute before fulltime when Michael Birungi rounded the goalkeeper after substitute Hassan Kalega was caught in possession as Police tried to play their way out from the back.
“Express is a big team and we feel that it shouldn’t be where it was last season. We deserved to win because we scored more goals,” Express coach Kisala said afterwards.
The result lifted Express to eighth on the table while Police are bottom after three straight losses.
At Kavumba youngster Joel Madondo’s brace took him top of the goal scorers charts with four as Kirinya-Jinja went fifth following a 2-1 victory over Tooro United.
Allan Kayiwa, now of three goals, got Tooro’s consolation.
Bul also recorded their second win of the season with a comprehensive 3-0 thrashing of league newcomers Paidha Black Angels in Jinja.
Daniel Shabena, Timothy Douglas Owori and Hamisi Tibita were on target for the hosts as they went second on six points.