Uganda Premier League
SC Villa 1-0 Onduparaka FC
Mandela National Stadium, Namboole
NAMBOOLE – SC Villa consolidated third spot in the Uganda Premier League thanks to a 1-0 victory over Onduparaka FC at Mandela National Stadium in Namboole.
In a game that saw Villa create multiple opportunities, it was Ambrose Kirya who saved the day with the winning goal early in the second half.
Kirya collected from Nicholas Kabonge before expertly curling past Yusuf Wasswa, off the post and into the back of the net.
Had they not won on the day, Villa would have had themselves to blame as they wasted several clear cut chances.
Kirya headed over a Derrick Ndahiro well-weighted cross in the opening exchanges before Wasswa rushed off his line to thwart Kirya’s effort after he was played through on goal by Kabonge.
Ronald Magwali then miraculously tapped wide a Fred Agandu low cross when it was easier to score in an empty net than to miss.
The second half was when the Jogoos proved to be extremely wasteful in front of goal.
Emmanuel Wasswa forced a finger tip save from Wasswa off a dinking long rang effort.
Magwali then headed wide from a Wasswa corner before Badhiro saw an effort fumbled to safety by the resilient Wasswa.
Badhiro then raced through on goal but could not beat Wasswa as the custodian dived low to parry the weak effort.
The substitute who had earlier replaced Magwali then turned swiftly in the area before dragging his effort wide.
Despite being second best, Onduparaka created chances to draw level late in the game but could not find the back of the net.
Julius Okocha saw a long range effort sail over before Rajab Kakooza somehow headed over while unmarked in the area.
Inside the three added on minutes, Saidi Keni exhibited poor handles to lose a routine Okocha cross but was saved by Asuman Harishe who cleared out for a fruitless corner with two Onduparaka defenders waiting to pounce.
Keni poor handles almost lead to let equalizer but Harishe recovers for fruitless corner.
Having defeated Onduparaka 3-1 in the first game, Villa have now defeated the Caterpillars twice this season.
The result means Villa remains third on 40 points while Onduparaka are in 6th with 30 points.
How both teams started
Said Keni (GK), Fred Agandu, Derrick Ndahiro, Moses Kiggundu, Asuman Harishe, Amir Kakomo, David Owori, Emmanuel Wasswa, Ambrose Kirya, Ronald Magwali, Nicholas Kabonge.
Yusuf Wasswa (G.K), Alex Adriko, Rashod Okocha, Hassan Muhammed, Richard Ayiko, Paul Kayanja, Dennis Andama, Rajab Kakooza, Ezra Bidda, Jamal Malish, Amis Muwonge.
The other games played on Wednesday
-Express FC 2-1 Tooro United FC
-Proline FC 3-1 BUL FC
-Kyetume 4-3 Mbarara City FC