Uganda Premier League
Express FC 0-2 Onduparaka FC
Muteesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku
WANKULUKUKU – Onduparaka FC continued their dominance over Express FC, beating them 2-0 on Saturday afternoon.
The early kick-off that was played at the Betway Muteesa II Stadium in Wankulukuku, saw the Caterpillars strike twice through Adinho Gibson and Ceaser Ochuti either side of halftime.
It was a game which the visitors controlled throughout, limiting Express to a few chances.
The Red Eagles who came into the game with just a point from their first two games, saw Frank Kalanda waste their best opportunity.
The veteran striker tapped wide of the target a Frank Ssenyondo low cross early in the first half, with only Onduparaka custodian Yussuf Wasswa to beat.
Ealier, Andrew Kiwanuka saw a free kick from just outside the area comfortably saved by Wasswa.
At the break, Express made a double substitution, sending on Hamdan Nsubuga and Idris Kaye to replace Joshua Mukasa and Emma Baffoe.
However, their was no telling impact as both players struggled to get to grips in the game.
Express had only three chances to get back into the game-in the second half- but were all foiled.
First, Ssenyondo forced a point-blank save from Wasswa before he slipped as he tried to control a well weighted cross from Lawrance Kigonya.
Inside the last minute of the game, the lively winger saw a curling shot head straight at Wasswa.
Onduparaka clinical in front of goal
Onduparaka have defeated Express in four of their seven meetings and on Saturday, their dominace in the fixture was evident throughout.
Despite losing midfielder Denis Andama to injury early in the first half, the Caterpillars who were without head coach Livingston Mbabazi (away on national duty), looked comfertable and in close control of proceedings.
In what was their first clear-cut chance, Gibson pounced to hand them the lead.
On the counter, Ochuti played in Rajab Kakooza who slipped and fell while turning Martin Kizza. The ball fell to Gibson and the midfielder placed it into the bottom left corner, beating Adea Joshua in the Express goal for 1-0.
Moments later, Ochuti tried his luck from distance but Adea was alert to save comfortably.
At the hour mark, Ochuti headed in a Geriga Atendele cross to double Onduparaka’s lead and put the game to bed.
The two-goal advantage could have been turned into three only for Julius Maliangumu to flash a Gadafi Wahabu through ball, across goal-late in the game.
The result means that Onduparaka move onto six points from three games, having defeated Police and lost to Proline in their furst two games.
For Express who saw fans chant ‘Ssemwogerere out’ after the game, remain with only a single point from three games. They lost 1-0 to Bul on opening day before drawing 1-1 with Bright Stars on match-day two.
The teams that started
Ade Joshua, Emma Baffoe, Andrew Kiwanuka, Martin Kizza, Cyrus , Lawrence Kigonya, Frank KibandeSsenyondo, Daniel Shabena, Frank Kalanda, Jashua Musoke, Disan Galiwango.
Wasswa Yusuf, Atendele Geriga, Okocha Rashid, Muhammad Rashid, Ayiko Richard, Adinho Gibson, Andama Denis, Gadafi Wahab, Tabu Vitalis, Okhuti Ceaser, Kakooza Rajab.