Vipers SC 1-0 SC Villa
Ambrose Kirya scored a stoppage-time winner to end SC Villa’s seven year wait for maximum points against Vipers.
Ibrahim Kayiwa’s glancing header from Nicholas Wadada taming cross from the right put Vipers ahead at Nakivubo stadium before Taddeo Lwanga equalised after the break.
But in a frantic ending, Vitalis Tabu missed a penalty but Kirya put the ball at the back of the net to earn a deserved win to the visitors.
The hosts, without lead strikers Tony Odur and Erisa Ssekisambu started slowly with Abdallah Mubiru opting to start with Pius Wanji in attack.
In contrast, SC Villa who employed a back three of Joseph Nsubuga, Paul Mbowa and Henry Katongole helped by Ibrahim Kiyemba and John Adriko as wing backs were the better side and should have scored inside four minutes only for Alex Kitaata to fail to connect Kirya’s cross into the net.
The forward gotten injured in the move and a forced substitution saw him come off for Abdulmalick Vitalis Tabu.
Umar Kasumba should have given SC Villa the lead after 25 minutes but failed to make connection with Tabu low cross that left him with only goalie Ismail Watenga to beat.
At the other end, Vipers were restricted to scanty opportunities as Mbowa and company defended comfortably as they kept Brian Kakaire, Wanji and the lively Kezironi Kizito at bay.
But with two minutes to the break, Kayiwa, who had come on for the injured Halid Lwaliwa rose highest to head home Wadada cross as the hosts’ took a slim but important lead into the change rooms.
Mubiru made a second change moments after the break with William Wadri replacing Bashir Mutanda while SC Villa saw Martin Kizza come on for Adriko.
The change paid dividends for the Jogoos as three minutes later; he was fouled by Wadada for a free kick which he weighed in for the unmarked Lwanga to level the score.
Back to square one, it became an end to end affair with the best chances falling to Wadri who failed to utilise the opportunity before goalie Samson Kirya made a block to deny Wanji.
SC Villa also had chances of their own but failed to convert as a stalemate appeared a more appeasing result given the wastefulness of either.
The last dice by Mubiru was a statement of intent as he took off defensive midfielder Bukenya for striker Musa Esenu moments after his opposite number, Bisaso took off Kasumba, who was injured for Mike Ndera.
Inside three minutes of added time, Lwanga took matters into his own hands as he received the ball just inside the hosts’ half, forced his way into the area with a bit of trickery and as he remained with Watenga to beat, he was tripped by Wasswa and the day’s referee, Muhabi pointed to the spot sending the Villa faithful into rapture.
Tabu, the team’s first choice penalty taker took on the big job but Watenga was equally up to task but just parried the ball into Kirya’s path who unleashed a first time left effort into the bottom corner to give the Jogoos a deserved win.
It was SC Villa’s first win against Vipers in seven years and kept them within four points of KCCA who narrowly won 3-2 against Proline in the Lugogo derby whilst Vipers dropped to 5th on the log with 20 points.