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Bright Stars, Police win again as bottom three remain unchanged

Bright Stars players celebrate one of their goals on Wednesday (Photo by Bright Stars Media)

StarTimes Uganda Premier League
Wednesday, 13-03-2019

-Police 4-2 Paidha Black Angels
-Bright Stars 2-1 Nyamityobora
-Mbarara City 0-0 Ndejje University

Juma Balinya scored a hat trick as Police FC inflicted a 16th loss of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League season onto Paidha Black Angels.

Police who came into the game on the back of a five game winless run can from 2-1 down to win the 6 goal thriller 4-2 at Lugogo.

Abdallah Mubiru’s side took a deserved lead on 29 minutes with Balinya calmly scoring his 14th of the season.

However, the visitors who were dominated in terms of possession in the early exchanges, levelled matters on 36 minutes through Jackson Nsubuga and ensured the first half ended all square.

Two minutes to the hour mark, Paidha scored a second off Yusuf Ssozi’s boot to earn a first lead in the game.

Balinya struck his and Police’s second of the day from the spot on 73 minutes to set the tone for a thrilling finish.

The player of the season contender-Balinya completed his hat trick with only second of the 90 minutes to play to see Police lead for the first time since the half hour mark.

The Cops were however not done yet as right-back Paul Wila scored a 4th in the third minute of additional time, to ensure all three deserved points are won.

The win sees Police move into 9th position on 32 points with six games to play.

For Paidha, they should start preparing for life in the second tier as they remain rock-bottom having gathered a league low of 12 points so far.

At Mwererwe, Bright Stars returned to winning ways, defeating Nyamityobora 2-1 at the Champions Stadium.

Captain Nelson Ssenkatuka scored both of the Stars’ goals on the day while the visitors struck through a Farouk Katongole own goal.

Ssenkatuka who had gone over two months minus a League goal sored his first on 27 minutes and the home side held on to take a slender 1-0 lead into halftime.

At the start of the second half, Nyamityobra threw all they could at Bright Stars but it was the home side who scored again.

Ssenkatuka banging in his 9th of the season on 51 minutes.

Nyamityobora who had always looked like scoring finally got their reward on 82 minutes as Kantongole put through his own net.

Despite pulling on back, the visitors could not mount a serious challenge to draw level at the end as they were subjected to a 16 loss of the season.

The win sees Bright Stars climb into 10th on the log with 31 points while Nyamityobra are still second from bottom on 16 points.

In the other fixture played at Kakyeka, Ndejje University held high-flying Mbarara City to a goalless draw in an ill-fated encounter that saw either side recieve two cautions.

Ronald Kiseka and Hilary Mukundane were booked for Mbarara while Bernerd Kateremera an Richardson Asaba were cautioned for the visitors.

The draw helps Mbarara maintain thier top three status having gathered 41 points from 24 game.

For Ndejje, they also remain 14th with 20 points, three points behind 13th placed Villa who have played a game less.

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