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Express overcome Kirinya to stay 11th

Express registered their second League of victory of the year. (file photo)

StarTimes Uganda Premier League
Express FC 2-1 Kirinya JSS
Betway Mutessa II Stadium, Wankulukuku
Wednesday, 24-04-2019

WANKULUKUKU – Express FC registered their second home League victory of the year as they defeated Kirinya JSS 2-1 at Wankulukuku.

Veteran striker Brian Umony and Arthur Kiggundu struck in either half for the Red Eagles while substitute Jeromy Kirya scored Kirinya’s goal on Wednesday afternoon.

The game started slowly with either side struggling to create chances in the first 20 minutes.

The first chance of the afternoon fell to Kirinya striker Dan Sewava but his effort was expertly pushed out for a corner by Express custodian Matthias Muwanga.

On the half hour mark, Disan Galiwango got the better of Allan Drague to set up Brian Umony who headed home the opener.

Kirinya who are usually ineffective away from home saw the first half end without troubling Express.

Unlike the first, Express started the second half on the offensive and had a Michael Birungi brilliant cross put out by Isaac Isinde, for a corner inside the opening two minutes.

At the other end, Sewava tested Muwanga from a free-kick but the custodian was equal to the task as he parried the effort away from danger

The first yellow card of the game of the game was shown to Kirinya’s Ismail Kawawulo for a foul on Badru Nsubuga on 52 minutes.

Express who looked suspect in set-plays were made to pay on 58 minutes as they conceded from a dead ball.

Lawrence Kigonya fouled Sewava just outside the Express penalty area. Jeromy Kirya who had early replaced Nelson Mandela, stepped up and converted the resultant kick to pull Kirinya level.

Barely a minute after the equalizer, Arthur Kiggundu sent a speculative cross into the Kirinya penalty area, which was fumbled by goalkeeper Sanon Mulabi before the ball crept into the net to hand the home side a second lead in the game.

Kirinya pressed for an equalizer immediately and Sewava saw another shot saved and gathered on the second attempt by Muwanga.

As the game drew to its close, Kirinya went all out for an equalizer but were unsuccessful in their attempts.

Their best chance to get anything out of the game came in additional time as Sewava found himself in acres of space in the Express penalty area but could only find the side netting via a fierce drive.

In the end, Express held on to earn a 9th victory of the season which sees them remain 11th on the standings with 36 points.

For Kirinya, they remain 8th with 39 points from 28 games.

The other games played on Wednesday

-URA FC 0-0 Mbarara City FC
-Paidha Black Angels FC 1-1 Onduparaka FC
-Bul FC 1-2 Bright Stars FC

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