STARTIMES UGANDA PREMIER LEAGUE
Vipers SC 0-1 Express FC
Express FC condemned us to a 1-0 loss, the third of the 2021/2022 season during Friday’s encounter at St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.
John Byamukama scored the only goal that separated two of this season’s clear title contenders to ensure the Red Eagles went home with three points.
Paul Mucureezi could have opened the score in the 28th minute but he sent his effort over the bar after he had been put through on goal by Disan Galiwango.
A minute after the half-hour mark, Murushid Juuko was booked after he elbowed Cesar Manzoki off the ball and exchanged words with referee Ssali Mashood.
Mucureezi was unlucky again in the 35th minute when his second chance went narrowly wide after receiving a cross from Karim Watambala.
Watambala was the culprit in the 41st minute when he wasted another chance after Bbosi Byarughanga produced a good cross for him.
Eric Kambale’s 42nd-minute header – from a cross by Godfrey Lwesibwa – went over the bar as Express mounted more attacks.
Two early chances for Vipers in the second half also did not produce goals – the first from a close free-kick hitting the wall while the second one from Galiwango’s effort was stopped by Express FC goalkeeper Mathias Muwanga.
Fred Kajoba made changes in the 63rd minute when he introduced Milton Karisa and Richard Basangwa as Galiwango and Yunus Sentamu left the pitch. A minute after the changes, the Red Eagles surprisingly took the lead when Byamukama – with a strike from 18-yards away – scored.
Watambala could have pulled off an equaliser after a good dribble in the midfield but his effort hit the crossbar.
Kajoba’s other change came in the 72nd minute when David Bagoole was introduced for Mucureezi.
With four added minutes to the end of the game, Milton Karisa surrouded in the area, maneouvred round for a bicycle kick that was not too far over the bar as the visitors held clutching tightly onto their slim lead.
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