Vipers SC 1-0 SC Villa
Tom Masiko first goal at Vipers SC handed the side a slim but important 1-0 victory over rivals SC Villa in a fiercely contested league game at St. Mary’s stadium, Kitende.
Both coaches made changes from the previous line ups with Moses Waiswa, Shafik Bakaki and Dan Birikwalira starting ahead Brian Nkuubi, Geoffrey Wasswa and Yayo Lutimba respectively for Vipers.
Wasswa Bbosa opted to go without a typical centre forward with Simon Sserunkuma, Mahad Kakooza and Farouk Musisi all starting.
The hosts started well and should have gone ahead inside six minutes but Milton Karisa header off Moses Waiswa cross went off target.
Two minutes later, Sserunkuma also had a chance wasted at the other end.
Tony Odur also missed a good chance while Karisa also had a chance to score but went begging.
The Venoms also had a penalty shootout turned down after the ball hit Henry Katongole’s hand inside the area but referee Alex Muhabi waved play on.
The moment of truth came in the 29th minute when Masiko’s surging run was stopped with a foul on the edge of the area.
The former KCCA captain dusted himself and sent his effort above the wall into the net to send the home crowd into frenzy.
Ibrahim Kiyemba also made a wild run down the left, beat everyone and his fantastic cross met Abel Eturude whose first time volley went out for a throw in.
Within the last of the first half, SC Villa had what appeared like a genuine penalty shootout turned down when the ball came off Bakaki hand inside the area.
The first half whistle was greeted with protests from SC Villa players led by goalie Samson Kirya while the fans in the stands.
The visitors made a change with Kakooza coming off for George Senkaaba and three minutes later missed arguably the 16-time league champions’ best chance.
Martin Kizza also came on for the ineffective Sserunkuma while Miguel Da Costa made a double change – Hassan Kalega and Pius Wanji coming on Waiswa and Tony Odur respectively.
Steven Mukwala also later came on Erisa Ssekisambu and despite the Jogoos dominating the second half, the hosts held on for maximum points to move joint top with Police FC on seven points.