Hat-trick whizkid Yiga stars in Vipers JT’s five-star maul of URA JT

The Under 19’s did not disappoint once again as they ran rampage against URA FC Junior Team.

The Vipers SC Juniors showed intent from the onset with just two minutes into the game.

Captain Bobos Byaruhanga almost got the scoreboard ticking with a long-range scorcher that was unfortunately parried away for a corner.

The young Venoms enjoyed enviable intervals of possession, constantly getting into the URA FC JT box, again with Byaruhanga, Najib Yiga and Muhammad Ssenoga all coming close on numerous occasions.

On the half-hour mark, the Kitende boys got a just reward for their resilience when in-form forward Najib Yiga cut back a low cross for Byaruhanga; who controlled expertly and tapped home from close range to give Vipers JT a 1-0 lead.

Tax collectors’ moment

The strike served as a wake-up call to the tax collectors as they replied with resolve only to be thwarted by Vipers SC JT Custodian Mugolofa Mutwalib.

In the 42nd minute, Andrew Kawooya powered in a hard shot from just outside the area only for the URA JT goalkeeper to spill it in Yasin Owane’s path who duly nodded home the rebounder for Vipers JT’s second goal of the match.

With a minute to the break, quick-thinking Yiga opened his account with a well-taken shot inside the area to make it 3-0.

Then at the stroke of half-time (45th minute), Yiga rose highest to nod home his second of the day; from a well-weighted cross courtesy of Alex Kizito to make it 4-0 for the hosts at the breather.

Total dominance

There was a quick tactical change for the home side as Ivan ‘Di Maria’ Asaba came on for Owane on 48 minutes.

But nothing really changed about the course of the game as Vipers JT maintained its stronghold onto the rubber in terms of possession, game control and overall dictating of the game’s pace.

The URA FC JT boys few and thin moments of brilliance came to no fruition.

Gavin Kizito and Derrick Kato held no prisoners as they remained compact and disciplined in defence, throughout, to deny any URA JT raids on their goal.

Young Aziz Kayondo got a rousing applause from the partisan fans after being replaced by Azed Wambi; as he had shown admirable steel in playing his second consecutive game less than 24 hours apart.

With the final whistle on the periphery, Yiga pounced with his third to complete his hat-trick; after being supplied a low cross by Alex Kizito.

The goal ensured that the game ended 5-0 and more importantly that Yiga moved his tally of goals to 14.

Yiga, then, walked off to a deafening applause from the 12th man, when Tony Tulituuka replaced him in virtually injury time.

This result was a big gain for Vipers SC JT, who moved two points behind leaders KCCA SA.

The Lugogo-based leaders drew with Maroons FC JT earlier on at the Startimes Stadium.

And now Vipers SC JT boast of a psychological edge as they have a game in hand on KCCA SA.

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