FOOTBALL–Express FC’s run of two consecutive wins came to an end as Onduparaka defeated the Red Eagles 2-1 at Wankulukuku.
Express who had defeated Maroons and URA coming into the fixture where high on confidence but did not have answers to whatever Onduparaka threw at the in the second half.
The Caterpillars required a late Ceaser OKhuti stunner to win it and move top of the table for at least 24 hours as Police who are only three points behind them and with a better goal difference can leap frog them with a win away to Mbarara city.
Onduparaka took a while to get started with Express dominating proceedings in the first half despite not creating any clear openings.
The only chances Onduparaka created in the first half where wasted by Viane Ssekajugo and Gadafi Gadinho as Express continued to assert their dominance on the game.
In the second half, Onduparaka took the initiative immediately as Vipers reject Alfred Leku tapped in from close range after the ball was layed off brilliantly by the pacey Ssekajugo with only one minute after the re-start.
Express top scorer Daniel Sserunkuma restored purity for the Red Eagles with only 14 minutes to play, expertly converting a Jingo Sula cross past Nicholas Ssebwato in the Onduparaka goal.
This was Sserunkuma’s third goal of the season since he rejoined the Red Eagles in the off season.
After the reverse fixture ended 1-1, it was thought that even this one would tak the same out come but only for Ceaser Ochuti who had other ideas.
The former Express and KCCA striker who started the game on the bench pounced onto indecisive defending by the Express defenders and scored with an over head beauty deep into stoppage time to ensure that the Catapillers grab thier first three points at Wankulukuku and move on top of the league standings.
“As a striker, it feels good that i am scoring but if i find the back of the net and my team does not win, it is another issue. Said Express striker Daniel Sserunkuma after the game.
“We still have some issues to sort and hopefully we can do this as soon as possible so as we can get back to winning ways in our next game.
Onduparaka are now on 13 points for the season, two ahead of both Vipers and Kirinya JSS all having played six games this season. Express remain 1oth on the table.
Azam Uganda Premier League
Express 1-2 Onduparaka
Mutessa II war memorial stadium, Wamkulukuku