Vipers edge rivals SC Villa, Express lose Again

Saturday Results

  • Vipers SC 1-0 SC Villa
  • UPDF 1-0 Express
  • Kirinya Jinja SS 1-1 Bul

Tom Masiko aims to shoot in the 1-0 win over SC Villa

Vipers moved joint top of the Azam Uganda Premier League (AUPL) with a cagey 1-0 win over rivals SC Villa in a closely contested fixture at St. Mary’s stadium, Kitende.

The all-important goal of the game came in the 29th minute courtesy of a deflected Tom Masiko free kick.

It was a game of two halves with the hosts dominating the first half but played more for the result after the break.

They were on top of the game before the break with Milton Kalisa hitting the base of the post six minutes into the game while Tony Odur opted to chest control a cross from the right when heading on target looked the better option.

At the other end, Simon Sserunkuma had an attempt go wild while Abel Eturude miscued his intended shot off Ibrahim Kiyemba well weighed cross.

Abel Eturude battles Taddeo Lwanga

Both coaches made changes as the game progressed with Martin Kizza and George Senkaaba coming on for SC Villa in the second half who had earlier subbed Farouk Musisi for Joseph Nsubuga.

Portuguese Miguel Da Costa also had youngster Hassan Kalega come on for Moses Waiswa, Steven Mukwala for Tony Odur and Pius Wanji for Erisa Ssekisambu.

Though SC Villa had the better of the second period, the hosts held on for maximum points that take them to seven points, same as Police who have a better goal difference.

This leaves SC Villa with only four points from three games in 7th position.

Tony Odur and Bernard Muwanga battle for possesion

At Bombo, former champions Express lost their second successive game with a 1-0 defeat at the hands of UPDF.

Ezekiel Katende scored the winner two minutes after the break and the three points lift the army side to 6th on the log with four points while the Red Eagles drop to the Red Zone with just a point.

In Bugembe, 10-man Bul threw away a goal lead to draw 1-1 with hosts Kirinya Jinja SS in the Jinja derby.

Patrick Asiku opened the scoring for the Kefa Kisala coached side in the 38th minute before Ibrahim Kayiwa pulled the hosts level with a goal in the 78th minute.

Patrick Ssembuya was sent off late in the game for Bul who remain winless after three games and sit just a point above the red zone while Kirinya Jinja SS are now fourth with five points.

Action in the league continues on Tuesday and Wednesday next week before a two week international break.