(Brian Umony was on target. Courtesy photo)
Wednesday, April 24
*Express FC 2-1 Kirinya Jinja SS
*URA FC 0-0 Mbarara City
*BUL FC 1-2 Bright Stars
*Paidha 1-1 Onduparaka
Express FC returned to winning ways, beating Kirinya Jinja SS, in a StarTimes Uganda Premier League game played at Betway Muteesa II Stadium in Wankulukuku.
Defender Arthur Kiggundu scored the winner shortly after Jeromy Kirya had leveled matters for the visitors from a well taken freekick at the hour mark.
The Red Eagles won 2-1 to record a sweet revenge against Kirinya who had won the first round game courtesy of Joel Madondo’s late winner at the Mighty Arena.
Express FC had deservedly went into the lead with Brian Umony powering in a header off Disan Galiwango’s cross in the 30th minute.
George Ssemwogerere’s charges return to winning ways after a 3-1 loss to Champions KCCA and a one all draw to SC Villa a game earlier.
The six time league winners will now return to action in the Uganda Cup against Bright Stars in Mwererwe on April 28 before facing the same opponent in the league on May 1.
Kirinya Jinja SS who suffered their ninth loss of the season, will visit Maroons FC before hosting Ndejje University on the last day of the season.
Big Morale Boost
With less to fight for, the hosts needed the win more than Kirinya Jinja SS.
Express’ main target is actually in the Uganda Cup where they will face Bright Stars in a two legged semifinals.
Going into that semi, the Red Eagles must have belief given that Bright Stars looks the only hurdle standing between Express and a Uganda Cup triumph. The other semi has Big league sides Proline and Kyetume FC.
The hosts missed Frank Zaga, Tony Odur, Eric Kambale and Isaac Mutanga but looked the best side, thanks to a lowly Kirinya side.
Badru Nsubuga fluffed two scoring opportunities before Umony put Express in the lead.
Umony got his third goal for the club, after finding the back of the net against Nyamityobora (Kakyeka) in the league and BUL FC (Wankulukuku) in Uganda Cup.
Express were good value for the result, with Birungi’s cross going unattended to, across the goal mouth
This was Express’ first home win against Kirinya Jinja SS on a third attempt. The last two games between the two sides at Wankulukuku had ended in draws.
Express has now won nine league games, going to 36 points with two league games to go.
Express FC XI
Mathias Muwanga, Arthur Kiggundu, John Revita, Charles Musoke, Shafic Kakeeto, Badru Nsubuga, Davis Mayanja, Lawrence Kigonya, Disan Galiwango, Michael Birungi, Brian Umony.
Kirinya Jinja XI
Sanon Mulabi, Allan Drajua, Julius Debbo Jr, Douglas Muganga, Isaac Isinde, Nelson Mandela, Gorge Kasonko, Isma Kawawulo, Godfrey Akol, Dan Sewava, Faisal Muwawu.