Azam Uganda Premier League
Vipers SC 2- 0 Police FC
St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende
Vipers SC stretched their lead on top of the Azam Uganda Premier league table to five points with a comprehensive victory over Police FC at the St. Mary’s stadium in Kitende.
The Venoms got onto a flyer when Milton Karisa scored after only eight minutes of play. It was soon 2-0 thanks to Dan Sserunkuma after a defensive mix up by Police captain Martin Mpuga and his keeper Douglas Kisembo.
The game saw its first chance on six minutes when Sserunkuma was teed up inside the 18 yards box by Milton Karisa but the former Express striker blazed his shot over the bar under pressure from defender Mpuga.
Two minutes later, Moses Waiswa lofted a pass for Karisa who turned sharply beating Mpuga and finished neatly to make it 1-0 to the Venoms.
Vipers were dealt a huge blow on 18 minutes when midfielder Tadeo Lwanga limp off injured after a collusion with Police striker Norman Ojik earlier. The hard working midfielder was replaced by Brian Nkubi.
Ojik got a glorious opportunity to make it sqaure on 32 minutes but he miscued the ball while one on one with Vipers custodian Ismail Watenga.
Seconds later, Karisa robbed Kisembo of the ball but failed to score in an empty net as the dread locked forward tried to pass for Sserunkuma who had the ball stuck under his legs at the crucial moment.
With 10 minutes to the break, Police defender Mpuga played a short back pass to Kisembo and Karisa pounced onto it, feeding an unmarked Sserunkuma who tapped into an empty net for his 13th goal of the season.
Police coach Abdallah Mubiru took off Police captain Martin Mpuga at half time and the team looked a whole lot more organized at the back.
The Second half failed to live up to the standards of the first as there was limited goal mouth action throught bthe 45 minutes.
Milton Karisa had two chances in quick succession to double his tally on the day but wasted them. The first caming on 69 minutes when he headed wide a Nicholas Wadada cross from the right and then seconds later, he weakly headed straight at Kisembo off a free header following a brilliant ball in by Yayo Lutimba.
Vipers got one more chance with 11 minutes to go when Lutimba crossed in for Sserunkuma but the forward’s volleyed shot was saved comfortably by Kismbo.
Police never really got going throughout the entire game and the expression on their coach, Abdallah Mubiru’s face after the game could tell the whole story.
Vipers now move to 55 points from 27 matches, five ahead of second placed SC Villa who play UPDF tomorrow.
Police remained in 7th with 35 points from 27 matches, but are mathematically not safe yet and require two more points to be sure of their status come next season.
The Other game played on Friday?
-Maroons 0-0 Masavu
Games to be played on Saturday:
- Mbarara City vs Proline FC @Kakyeka Stadium
- URA FC vs Express FC @Namboole
- Soana FC vs Onduparaka FC @Kavumba
- Kirinya JSS vs Masavu FC @Kakindu
- UPDF FC vs SC Villa @Bombo