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Kirinya defeat Villa in first night game of the season

Kirinya are still 8th on the table (file photo)

StarTimes Uganda Premier League
SC Villa 1-2 Kirinya JSS
Mandela National Stadium, Namboole
Wednesday. 06-03-2019

NAMBOOLE – SC Villa were subjected to an 8th loss of the season, losing 2-1 at home to Kirinya JSS.

Kirinya struck through David Bagoole and Joel Madondo while Villa’s consolation was expertly scored by Bashir Mutanda.

In the first game to be played at night this season, Kirinya got off to a dream start inside three minutes, scoring the first goal of the game through Bagoole.

The dread-locked midfielder bandled home rom close range after Joel Madondo had blocked Villa goalkeeper, Saidi Keni’s lousy clearance.

Villa who have on many occasions started slowly games, again struggled in the early stages of the encounter with their defence all over the place.

They were made to pay once again as Madondo made a brilliant run down the right, cut inside and then unleashed a fierce curling shot into the net to put Kirinya 2-0 up, on 22 minutes.

Villa’s struggles at the back continued but Kirinya could not pounce for a third time.

The home side’s first real sight of goal came on the half hour mark but Mutanda’s goal bound effort was blocked by Isaac Isinde.

Eight minutes to the break, Villa’s Shafik Bakaki nearly gifted a third goal to Kirinya as he fumbled with the ball in the box but recovered to make a sliding challenge in time before Madondo pounced.

At the end of the first half, Villa looked a dejected side as they trailed 2-0.

However, like the saying goes, ‘Football is a game of two halves’, Villa dominated the second half from start to finish.

After relentless attacks t the beginning of the second, Mutanda struck 0n 59 minutes to halve the deficit. The striker pounced onto a Pius Wangi cut back, back heeling the ball into an empty net after the former Vipers’ winger had beaten his marker and the goal keeper with breathtaking pace.

Villa got two good chances to level the game but it was just not their day.

First, Mutanda turned swiftly inside the area on 66 minutes before his volleyed effort flushed across the goal for a goal-kick.

With 10 minutes to play, Asuman Alishe headed agonizingly over an Ashraf Mandela corner.

Kirinya’s best and only chance of the second half fell to Madondo but the pacey striker could not pounce onto a long ball as Keni came off his line to head it to safety with the defenders beaten.

In the end, Kirinya took all threw points off a 2-1 score line.

The points see them remain 8th on the log with 33 points while Villa drop to 13 having gathered 23 points.

The other games played on Wednesday:

-Tooro United FC 1-1 KCCA FC
-Maroons FC 1-0 Bright Stars FC
-Bul FC 2-1 Police FC
-Paidha Black Angels FC 0-2 URA FC

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