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Police rally for point off Maroons

Tuesday result

Police 2-2 Maroons

Police maintained a one-point lead at the top of the Azam Uganda Premier League (AUPL) log following a hard-fought 2-2 draw against Maroons.

The cops had to come from two goals down against a tuned-up Maroons in an entertaining match played at Namboole on Tuesday.

Yasin Mugume and a Ben Ochen penalty  cancelled out Pius Obuya’s opener and Solomon Walusimbi’s header for the cops to avoid a third defeat of the season.

The point ensured Police stayed top on 17 points, one ahead of Onduparaka, who could only draw goalless with Mbarara City.

It was a result that left Police and Maroons coaches frustrated, both for wasted opportunities and contentious refereeing decisions.

“It is two points dropped,” said Police coach Abdallah Mubiru, “We created enough chances to win the game.

“I don’t want to talk about referees but I thought we were denied a genuine goal,” Mubiru added.

Mubiru’s displeasure stemmed from a Mugume effort that was disallowed by  centre referee Brian Nsubuga.

Nsubuga ruled it out for an adjudged infringement on Maroons goalkeeper Ashadu Bugembe.

The disallowed goal that would have put Police 3-2 ahead.

Obuya scored Maroons opener from a Walusimbi cutback before the latter headed in off a freekick.

But Maroons coach Asaph Mwebaze was still left disappointed at the two dropped points.

“The referee awarded a freakish penalty against us and also denied us a goal scoring opportunity,” said Mwebaze, “He denied us victory.”

The result moved Maroons to seventh on 13 points after nine games. The Prisons side are two behind third placed Vipers.

 

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