Football

Vipers go second as Express misery continues

Tom Matsiko celebrates the winner against Bright Stars.

Azam Uganda Premier league results:

Vipers 3-2 Bright Stars

Kirinya JSS 2-0 Express

Soana p-p SC Villa.

Vipers SC required a late Tom Matsiko goal to claim all three points at home to a resilient Bright Stars side in one of the games of the season so far.

With the game headed for a stalemate, the former KCCA FC midfielder unleashed a ferocious close range shot in the potholes minute to send his side back to second following KCCA’s 1-1 draw at home to Mbarara City.

Vipers started well and deserved a lead in the 12th minute when a good exchange of passes on the edge of the area by Dan Sserunkuma and Erisa Sekisambu saw the former set up Nkuubi whose first time shot hit the roof of the net.

Bright Stars’ Methodius Jjungu raced on to a long ball and beat the duo of Nicholas Wadada and Geoffrey Wasswa in the penalty area before his low cross was tapped in by Kokas Opejo to make it 1-1.

Three minutes to the interval, Nelson Ssenkatuka was brought down in the area and he converted the resulting penalty to give the away side a surprise lead.

With eight minutes to go, substitute Steven Mukwala, seemingly in an offside position headed home a Geoffrey Wasswa cross, and despite protests from the visitors, the goal was allowed to stand.

The introduction of Masiko for Nicholas Wadada showed Da Costa’s intent to go for it and the move paid off with a minute of normal time to play when Matsiko scored the winner.

Vipers now move second in the log with 42 points, one behind leaders SC Villa. For Bright Stars, the remain in mid-table with 26 points from 22 games.

In Jinja, Express FC misery continued as they convincingly lost to Kirinya JSS 2-0.

Fred Amaku and Anthony Mayanja scored a goal each to further put Express FC’s survival hopes in jeopardy.

Fans try to remove flood water from the Kavumba pitch before the Soana vs SC Villa game was postponed on Tuesday: PHOTO BY SHABAN LUBEGA.

In a game dominated by the hosts from start to finish, Amaku put the hosts in the lead after 13 minutes.

The second half was no different from the first as Kirinya piled pressure on the Red Eagles and it paid off in the 79th minute with Mayanja doubling the hosts’ lead.

Kirinya maintains their 4th place in the log with 37 points from 23 matches while Express stay third from bottom on 19.

SC Villa’s game away to Soana was postponed due to flooding of the pitch in Kavumba and will be played today (Wednesday).

 

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