Uganda Premier League
Police FC 6-1 Express FC
StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo
LUGOGO – Police FC handed Express their heaviest loss of the campaign as they defeated them 6-1 at Lugogo.
The Cops were rampant from the onset with Pius Kaggwa netting a brace while Derrick Kakooza, Samson Kigozi and Ben Ocen also got their names onto the score-sheet. The sixth was an own goal by Express defender Peter Mutebi to round off a disastrous display by the visitors.
Disan Ggaliwango scored Express FC’s consolation goal on a day that they were humiliated.
It was without a doubt Police’s best performance of the season as they dominated proceedings throughout the entire contest.
This was the Cops’ second victory of the second-round and it sees them climb into 12th with 18 points from 17 games.
For Express, they drop into 13th and they remain on 18 points.
Police continue resurgence
Police FC ended the first round as one of the inform sides of the Uganda Premier League.
In their last three games of the opening round, they won two and drew the other.
That form has not dipped in the second round as they have now won both of their opening two games.
Having defeated Wakiso Giants FC on Wednesday, the Cops were on song as they dispatched a hapless Express side at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo.
Inside the opening exchanges, Derrick Kakooza capitalized on his own rebound to put the Cops ahead in the first minute.
Six minutes later, it was 2-0 as Kaggwa made his customary run down the right before dinking the ball over the stranded Mathais Muwanga in the visitors’ goal.
On 20 minutes, two became three and it was hard for the Red Eagles faithful to take in.
Samson Kigozi connected expertly with an Arafat Ggaliwango cross before his effort was unbelievably helped on its way by Muwanga.
At the stroke of halftime, Kagwa completed his brace as he slotted in calmly a Ggaliwango low cross.
Ocen is Police’s top scorer this season and it would have been absurd if he failed to join in on the party and on 67 minutes, he did exactly that, curling an effort into the back of the net off Fahad Kizito’s throgh ball.
With three minutes to play, the sixth would come and after substitute Johnson Odong flicked a Kaggwa cross towards goal, Mutebi directed in into his own net.
The scoreline could have been more humiliating but Police failed to convert numerous opportunities.
Kigozi forced a save from Muwanga after neat inter-play involving Kaggwa and Kakooza.
The striker then miscued a ball with the goal at his mercy after good work down the right by Kaggwa.
In the second half, Kaggwa forced Muwanga into two good saves while Ocan saw a goal bound effort cleared off the line by Peter Mutebi.
Express exposed at Lugogo
Express FC are no longer the strong side they were years back.
As recently as 2017, the Red Eagles were fighting the drop and had to wait until the very last day of the season to survive.
They have looked weak all season although somehow, their indifferent results kept bailing them out.
However, they were cleanly exposed on Wednesday and looked not to have any answers to Police’s onslaught.
After conceding the first goal, they literally fell apart and it was just the small matter of how many Police would get on the day rather than whether the Red Eagles would fight back.
Despite the poor showing, they had a few chances to make the score line respectable but could not.
Top scorer Frank Kalanda controlled a Disan Ggaliwango pass before shooting straight at Davis Mutebi in the Police goal.
15′ Joshua Matovu replaces Sserukwaya in tactical change.
Kalanda weak free kick straight at Mutebi.
The striker then saw an overhead deflected out for a fruitless corner before poking a rebound onto the cross bar late in the game.
The visitors only silver lining came deep into stoppage time as captain Ggaliwango netted what would term out to be their only goal.
How both teams started
Davis Mutebi (GK), Arafat Ggaliwango, Henry Katongole, Joseph Ssentume, Tony Kiwalaze, Pius Kaggwa, Fahad Kizito, Ben Ocen, Derrick Kakooza, Samson Kigozi, Samuel Kayongo.
Mathais Muwanga (GK), Kigonya Lawrence, Denis Sserukwaya, Shafic Avemah, Disan Ggaliwango, Frank Kalanda, Daniel Shabena, Peter Mutebi,
The other results on Wednesday
-Mbarara City FC 1-0 Wakiso Giants FC
-BUL FC 1-3 URA FC
-Kyetume FC 1-1 Tooro United FC