Uganda Premier League
Vipers SC 3-0 Express FC
St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende
KITENDE – Bayo continued his fine goal scoring start to the season as he netted twice in Vipers SC 3-0 victory over Express FC on Saturday afternoon.
The striker who joined a couple of months ago scored once in either half before substitute Brian Kalumba added a third late on.
The result ensures Vipers maintain their unbeaten start to the season which now moves to 7 games. The Venoms have now won 5 and drawn two games.
For Express, this is their 5th loss of the season having won three and drawn the other of their first 9 games.
The Venoms started with intent dominating proceedings and were rewarded eight minutes into the game.
Bobos Byaruhanga found space in the middle and lofted a long ball in behind the Express defence on which Bayo pounced to open the scoring.
The had chances to increase their advantage but poor decision making and lazy play upfront denied them.
Ssenfuka played Bayo in, but this time the striker shot weakly at Kyamera.
Dan Sserunkuma also tried to play in Bayo for a tap-in but Kyamera stretched to save the day.
Bobos who had a good game all round, shot over from just outside the area following a good run down the left by Ndugwa.
On 73 minutes, Brian Kalumba showed great commitment to win the ball down the right and set Bayo on his way to squeeze in past Kyamera for the second goal. This is his 8th goal since joining Vipers and the 6th in the league.
Aziz Kayondo lashed onto a Ndugwa through ball but shot straight at Kyamera while one-on-one with the custodian.
With a minute to play, substitute Brian Kalumba put the result beyond doubt, placing the ball into the far corner after a neat through pass by Bayo.
Express create but fail to finish off Vipers
Express started slowly but had several spells in which they looked to be on top.
Daniel Shabena flashed an effort wide of the right hand post just after Bayo’s opener.
Right-back Yiga Muhammad lashed onto a loose ball, shot it first time and forced Mutombora into an outstretched save.
Vipers started getting complacent and Frank Kalanda pounced onto a drop-ball but Halid Lwaliwa somehow recovered to clear out for a corner.
Frank Ssenyondo who looked full of running down on the right had a low shot comfortably saved by Mutombora.
As the first half wore on, Shabena, Kalanda and Ssenyondo got decent chances but all failed to find the back of the net.
At the start of the second half, Ggaliwango raced through on goal but decided to play in Shabena whose first time shot was blocked by Lwaliwa.
Express felt they should have had a penalty on 54 minutes after Lwaliwa brought down Ggaliwango but despite the referee pointing to the spot initially, the left-back was judged to have been in an offside position as he received Kalanda’s pass.
The win sees Vipers climb into second on the log with 10 other teams yet to play their match-day 9 fixtures. Vipers take on Kyetume away from home in their next game.
For Express they drop to 8th and will return to action at home to Busoga United.
How both teams started
Fabien Mutombora (GK), Paul Willa, Aziz Kayondo, Bashir Asiku, Halid Lwaliwa (c), Rahmat Ssenfuka, Karim Watambala, Bobos Buaruhanga, Abraham Ndugwa, Dan Sserunkuma, Fahad Bayo.
Tony Kyamera (GK), Yiga Muhammad, Hamis Batega, Martin Kizza, Andrew Kiwanuka, Denis Sserukwaya, Daniel Shabena, Hamdan Nsubuga, Disan Ggaliwango (c), Frank Kalanda, Frank Ssenyondo.