Milton Karisa celebrates a goal at Vipers during his spell 2017-2018 season Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDE
  • Vipers 2-0 Police
[/media-credit] Milton Karisa Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDE

Two first half goals from Milton Karisa and Daniel Sserunkuma were enough for Vipers to see off Police and move the Venoms closer to the title.

In a game of two halves, the hosts started well and it took them just eight minutes to get a lead through Karisa.

With his back facing goal, Karisa received a low ball from Duncan Seninde, turned Ibrahim Kibumba inside out before beating Douglas Kisembo at the near post.

Six minutes later, Karisa failed to punish Kisembo for when the goalie failed to act on a tame ball, got past him and with an empty goal at his mercy, he failed to pull the trigger and the Cops cleared their lines.

At the other end, Norman Ojik missed a good chance to draw Police level after a defence beating pass from Rahmat Senfuka.

With Ismail Watenga at his mercy, Ojik hit his low shot straight at the Vipers goalie.

The two-time champions were forced into a  change with Taddeo Lwanga going off for Brian Nkuubi.

In the 34th minute, Sserunkuma doubled the lead as Martin Mpuga back pass was intercepted by Karisa before it reached Mpuga and the forward laid down for the onrushing partner who hit it on the cross bar under pressure from Paul Willa but it settled in the net.

At the start of the second half, Abdallah Mubiru went for a double change with Mpuga and Makeera going off for Sadat Kyambadde and Juma Balinya respectively.

The move changed the tide of the game with Police now looking a much changed side.

Balinya, Ben Ocen and Ojik as well as winger Ruben Kimera started to cause havoc for the hosts who had now sat behind to defend their lead.

Balinya, a former player with Vipers curled an effort just over the bar, Ocen forced a good save from Watenga while another substitute Derrick Kakooza also tested the Uganda Cranes custodian with two attempts.

At the other end, Sserunkuma and Karisa also had chances put to waste.

Edward Golola brought on Congolese Mousa Clovis Mbayi to calm down things in the middle and later Pius Wanji but the Cops still asked questions.

Vipers held on to victory to move to 58 points, five ahead of second placed SC Villa who travel to Bombo on Saturday.

With Bright Stars and Maroons drawing goalless at Luzira, they drop to 9th with 35 points.

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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