- SC Villa 1-0 Police
A brilliant Martin Kizza strike five minute in the second half was enough to secure SC Villa maximum points against 10-man dominant Police at Masaka.
Police, who had defender Ibrahim Kibumba shockingly sent off with over twenty minutes to play started slow but gained control of the game later.
The hosts started well and Ambrose Kirya forced a good save from Davis Mutebi inside a minute but the visitors soaked the pressure.
Eight minutes later, Bernard Muwanga saved the Jogoos from conceding when he cleared off the line after Norman Ojik had looped the ball over the advancing the Samson Kirya.
Kirya was also at hand to save from Ojik’s low shot while at the other end, Sadat Kyambadde brought down Allan Kyambadde on the edge but the resultant free kick flew over the bar.
The Cops had a genuine appeal for a foul on the edge of the area turned down five minutes to the break after Muwanga wrestled down onrushing Ojik who had only Kirya to beat.
Another opportunity for Police to take lead was thwarted when referee Muzamiru Tulu ordered for retake of a free kick on the edge.
Earlier, Ruben Kimera had played a clever ball to tricky winger Pius Kagwa whose first time cross in the area nearly met Ben Ocen’s head and the two teams went into the break even.
Wasswa Bbosa made an instant change at the start of the second half withdrawing midfielder Kirya for striker Yubu Bogere and the moved paid dividends five minutes later when the big forward set up Kizza whose first time strike from over 35 yards found the top corner to send home fans into frenzy.
But the Cops remained relentless as they searched for an equaliser with the hosts now resorting to defend and attack the visitors on the break.
Abdallah Mubiru had earlier made a change withdrawing makeshift left back Ruben Kimera for returning Aggrey Madoi.
In the 71st minute, Police hopes were dented when Tulu sent off Kibumba.
First, he dished a yellow card to the defender for a foul on Kizza and moments later, he dished out a Red Card to the player after he appeared to protest the first decision.
It was later discovered that the referee thought he had earlier booked the defender yet the first half caution had gone to Samuel Kayongo.
But despite being a man down, Police remained dominant with Mubiru introducing Albert Mugisa for Kagwa and later threw on another striker Mufti Luzinda for winger Ocen.
SC Villa threatened on the counter more so through Kyambadde and Bogere with the former also setting up a good chance for George Senkaaba which he missed.
Senkaaba paved way for midfielder Abel Eturude and fans favourite Vitalis Tabu also had some game time replacing Kizza as the Jogoos remained resilient at the back to earn a slim but important win in their title quest.
SC Villa maintained their spot at the top with 49 points while Cops stay 7th with 32 points.