StarTimes Uganda Premier League
SC Villa 0-1 Onduparaka FC
Mandela National Stadium, Namboole
Onduparaka FC maintained their 100% record-start to the new season with a hard fought 1-0 victory over SC Villa on Wednesday.
In the game played at Namboole, Rashid Toha’s second minute strike proved to be the telling difference on a day that Villa missed a couple of late chances to find the equaliser.
Like it was in the last match, Villa were dealt a huge blow before the start of the game as some of their players including Pius Wangi could not be availed with licences to feature on the day.
Inside the first minute of the game, Savio Kabugo brought down Vianni Ssekanugo out side the area for the first free-kick of the game. Up stepped Onduparaka defender Rashid Toha who expertly placed the ball over Villa goalkeeper Brian Bwete and into the top right-hand corner for 1-0.
The Caterpillars could have doubled their advantage on 20 minutes but Ssekajugo could only blaze over from inside the area after the pacey forward had beaten Villa defender Moses Kigundu.
Villa started growing into the game and missed two chances of their own to level matters before half time. First it was captain Ambrose Kirya who headed wide off the mark a David Owori cross from the right and minutes later, Bashir Mutanda failed to put enough power into his tap-in after he was teed up by Joseph Ssemuju.
In the second half, it was all Villa as Onduparaka tried to see out their 1-0 lead.
In search of an equaliser, Moses Basena introduced cult hero-Mike Sserumaga to try and provide the much needed inspiration.
With two minutes to play, Sserumaga threaded a well weighted through ball for Ssemuju who cut it back for Kirya but unfortunately, the captain’s first time goal-bound effort was blocked by Toha.
In additional time, Owori crossed in low for Mutanda who blazed over from six yard, much to the agony of hundreds of Villa fans in attendance.
Despite the relentless pressure, Onduparaka managed to hold onto their lead and earn a first ever away victory against Villa on the third time of asking.
The Victory took Onuparaka to six points, level with Vipers SC and Bright Stars atop the league standings.
For Villa, they slip to 12 on the log with one point from two games.
The other games played on Wednesday:
-Ndejje 1-0 Mbarara City
-Nyamityobora 2-3 Bright Stars
-Paidah Black Angels 2-1 Police FC
-Mbarara City vs Express, Sunday-07-10-2018 @Kavumba Recreational Grounds.