Wednesday, January 29
*SC Villa 1-0 Express FC
SC Villa edged old rivals Express to pip a 1-0 win in a StarTimes UPL match-day 19 game at Bombo Barracks ground.
Emmanuel Wasswa’s second half goal was the difference in a well attended game between the country’s traditional giants.
Wasswa glanced in a David Owori’s cross at near post in the 68th minute to leave goalkeeper Mathias Muwanga rooted on his line.
Muwanga was outstanding on the day before conceding the only goal of the game; he pulled an early save to deny Ibrahim Kibumba after poor defending from Sadiq Ssekyembe and David Kakeeto.
The goalkeeper who was a shadow of himself in a 6-1 loss to Police FC at Lugogo, also pulled a reflex to keep out Bashir Mutanda’s header for a corner.
The victory completes a double for Villa against Express after the record league winners had won the reverse fixture by a similar scoreline at Wankulukuku courtesy of Ambrose Kirya strike.
The last time Villa made a double against Express was in 2014/15, winning both games 3-0 home and away.
The win pushes Villa to third place with 33 points while the Red Eagles remain on 21 points.
Substitute Faisal Muwawu had two beautiful chances but failed to find the back of the net, including a free header that went over the bar in the added minutes.
Ambrose Kirya had a free-kick in a promising position, after Mohamed Yiga shoved Bashir Mutanda from the back, but his attempt was far wide from mark.
Express FC Die Fighting
George Ssimwogerere made three changes from the team that beat Proline 3-0 with Dissan Galiwango and Frank Kalanda notably coming back.
The Red Eagles struggled inside the opening stanza but started to crawl back into the contest.
Express will feel hard done by referee Ali Sabila who waved play on when Derrick Ndahiro clipped Doka Mweru in the forbidden area.
Daniel Shabena was denied by goalkeeper Sam Kivumbi who parried out his loop from outside the box.
Ssenyondo was presented with the game’s best chance but headed out Galiwango’s well weighed delivery from the left flank.
Kalanda barely made an impact before he paved way for Ivan Ocholit.
The loss is the 10th for Express FC in the ongoing campaign.
What Next For Both Sides
SC Villa will visit Police FC on Monday at Lugogo before hosting Proline.
Express FC will be at home to Mbarara at Kavumba on Sunday before a long trip to face Onduparaka FC.
Sc Villa – Sam Kivumbii, Ibrahim Kibumba, Asuman Alishe, Derrick Ndahiro, Moses Kiggundu, Ambrose Kirya, Nicholas Kabonge, Amir Kakomo, David Owori,, Emmanuel Wasswa Bashir Mutanda.
Express XI – Mathias Muwanga, Muhammad Yiga, Sadiq Ssekyembe, Martin Kizza, David Kakeeto, Daniel Shabena, Isaac Doka Mweru, Lawrence Kigonya, Dissan Galiwango, Frank Kalanda, Frank Ssenyondo