Wednesday’s Result

Vipers SC 3-0 SC Villa

Vipers Sports Club sealed their seventh consecutive home win on the run as they fought for an emphatic 3-0 victory over the 16 time Uganda League champions SC Villa to go back top of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.

Fresh from an away engagement against Mbarara City FC where we succumbed to a defeat for the first time this season, the Venoms were determined to keep their impressive home record intact and indeed they did.

Matches between both teams are always explosive and full of hair raising moments as the rivalry keeps on growing each passing season since 2006 when Vipers played its first top flight league season.

Fred Kajoba made six changes from the side that faced the Ankole Lions, welcoming back Disan Galiwango after serving his suspension together with Fabien Mutombora, Siraje Sentamu, David Bagoole, Rashid Toha and Dan Sserunkuma in place of Joseph Dhata, Bashir Sekagya, Musa Ssali, Paul Mucureezi, Bashir Asiku and Ceasar Manzoki respectively.

The Venoms marched onto the pitch with only one thing on their minds, winning to reclaim table leadership which Express FC had relinquished to URA FC following their loss against UPDF FC yesterday and they did not disappoint.

The match started in a relatively positive fashion for the hosts against the visitors who arrived in buoyant moods owing to the fact that they had won here on their previous two visits.

As early as the first minute, Vipers had registered a shot on target after Bagoole cut through on the right but his teasing cross was ably dealt with by Muhammad Kibirige who punched it out of danger.

However, it wasn’t long before the Venoms struck as Karim Watambala released Sserunkuma whose first wasn’t good but settled to unleash a shot in the far corner of SC Villa’s net for the opener in the 8th minute.

Three minutes later, it was 2-0 for Vipers as Sserunkuma laid a neat pass to Galiwango who then delivered a perfect cross right at the foot of Yunus Sentamu to double the lead with his sixth of the season.

In the 13th minute, out of relaxation, Toha mistimed a long ball from Villa’s defence hence impeded on running Francis Olaki and was cautioned for the offence though the resultant freekick yielded nothing.

Villa’s first attempt on goal was in the 36th minute when Derrick Ndahiro floated a corner into the area but Joseph Nsubuga’s header went off target & a minute later, the same defender earned himself a caution for rough play.

With a minute to the breather, Referee Mashood Ssali booked Paul Willa for roughening up Ndahiro a caution which rules him out of Vipers next away game at the Arena of Visions against URA FC.

Half Time: Vipers 2-0 SC Villa

Upon presumption, Edward Kaziba made an immediate substitution by bringing on Abdullah Salim for Nicholas Kabonge in a desperate attempt to get back into the game.

The Venoms tactician also made a double change as he introduced Manzoki together with Mucureezi in place of Sserunkuma and Bagoole while Kaziba withdrew Olaki for Kazibwe.

Salim’s introduction completely changed the game for SC Villa as they started dominating proceedings though with little to show from the possession exhibited throughout a second half dominance.

Further changes were made on Vipers side as Allan Kayiwa and Jamil Kalisa joined the field replacing Watambala and Sentamu with 18 minutes remaining.

Immediately after, Kajoba made his final substitution withdrawing a tired Orit for youngstar Musa Ssali to beef up the midfield further as the Jogoos had completely dominated it for a long spell.

SC Villa suffered a further setback in the 80th minute when Nsubuga was sent for an early shower following a reckless foul on Kayiwa who had brilliantly beaten him to the ball & just a minute later, Willa made it 3-0 from a solo run to crown a wonderful evening for Vipers.

It would have been 4-0 right at the death had Kayiwa not mischewed a Willa cross before he walked home with the man of the match accolade.

Up next is a lunchtime kickoff encounter away to URA FC on Saturday.

Vipers SC Starting XI:- Fabien Mutombora, Paul Willa, Disan Galiwango, Rashid Toha, Halid Lwaliwa, Siraje Sentamu, Ibrahim Orit, Yunus Sentamu, Dan Sserunkuma, David Bagoole.

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