SC Villa 4-1 Onduparaka
Kirinya Jinja SS 0-1 Express
Bright Stars 1-1 The Saints
SC Villa marked their return to Masaka Recreation Ground with a fantastic 4-1 win over Onduparaka on Sunday afternoon.
At a fully packed stadium, Emmanuel Okwi missed a penalty as early as the second minute but the forward went on score three to become only the second player in the season to score a hat trick.
Okwi, in his third stint at the club scored his and SC Villa’s first after six minutes when goalie Richard Anyama misjudged a long ball from Ambrose Kirya only for the striker to beat Rashid Toha before slotting into an empty net.
Eleven minutes later, Kirya turned scorer as he capitalized on another mistake from the visitors backline to double the hosts lead.
It ended 3-0 at half time with Okwi grabbing his second on the day in the 24th minute but it should have been worse for Charles Livingstone Mbabazi’s side.
The second half was no different as the hosts pressed for more goals but Alex Kitaata missed a couple of chances while Martin Kizza hit the base of the post with a thunderous strike.
Substitutes Vitalis Tabu and Umar Kasumba also had chances to extend the lead but it was Ceaser Okhuti, isolated for most parts of the game scored a consolation for The Caterpillars with nine minutes left.
That didn’t stop the hosts from attacking the visitors and with five minutes to go, Okwi completed his hat trick with an easy tap in off Kasumba assist.
SC Villa are now tied on 41 points with log leaders KCCA but have played three games more than their counterparts.
Onduparaka remain 4th on the 16 team log with 33 points after 21 league games.
At Kakindu, Mahad Kakooza scored three minutes after the break to give Express a slim 1-0 win over relegation threatened Kirinya Jinja SS.
The Red Eagles move to 7th on the table with 27 points after 19 games while Kirinya Jinja SS are second from bottom with 17 points.
Elsewhere, goalkeeper Nicholas Ssebwato scored from the spot with five minutes to time to salvage a point for 8th placed Bright Stars as they drew 1-1 with The Saints at Matugga, now 12th placed on 21 points.
Denis Sekitoleko had put the visitors a lead at the death of half time as Moses Basena’s side stay winless in four successive games.