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UPL: Villa Battle Back To Dim Bright Stars

 UPL: Villa Battle Back To Dim Bright Stars

Action between Villa and Bright Stars. Sanyukatv TV photo

Friday, February 28
*SC Villa 2-1 Bright Stars

SC Villa fought from a goal down to beat Bright Stars in a closely contested league game at Namboole on Friday.

After a 2-1 away loss to BUL FC in Njeru last Sunday, the Jogoos were on course for a second straight defeat when Jamil Kalisa put the visitors in an early lead.

The introduction of Benson Muhindo, who replaced left back Yayo Lutimba, changed the proceedings in the second stanza.

His well weighed cross was headed home by Emmanuel Wasswa for an equaliser just after the hour mark.

Muhindo, who scored the winner against Proline, reprised his role when he rose into the air to send a powerful header off a corner past a below par Edwin Buule Kiwanuka in the 74th minute.

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Benson Muhindo wheels away in celebration. Sanyukatv photo

Bright Stars, who came into the game on the back of a five-game unbeaten run, went up when Kalisa raced between Moses Kiggundu and Yayo to slot past Saidi Keni after a through ball by Joseph Janjali in the 17th minute.

The Victory sends the 16-time league winners to 43 points, six below KCCA FC in second. Villa visit Tooro United on March 7 in Fort Portal.

Bright Stars remain on 29 points and will seek to bounce back when they host Mbarara City FC on Wednesday, March 4.

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Bright Stars celebrate their goal in first half. Sanyukatv photo

Villa welcomed back Moses Kiggundu and Derrick Ndahiro from suspensions as the duo missed the loss in Njeru.

Ndahiro played in an advanced position, with Yayo manning the left back. However, when Muhindo was brought on for Yayo, Ndahiro, who was summoned on the national team, was pushed back.

At the other end, Buule who was also summoned for national team duties, had an awful day but Villa failed to capitalise.

Buule came off his line to miss a cross but Villa failed to nod home from close range before Andrew Kyambadde cleared his lines.

His best part was a fingertip save to keep out a teasing cross from David Owori at the right flank.

Alishe would have put the game far away from the visitors’ reach but his tap-in just went over the bar after a poor clearance by Bright Stars.

Bright Stars will feel hard done by the result but their no-show in second half was not deserving of a point surely.

Their best chance in the second half saw James Angu send his free header, off a cross from Janjali, rattle into the side-net.

Teams Used

SC Villa XI – Saidi Keni, Ibrahim Kibumba, Yayo Lutimba, Moses Kiggundu, Asuman Alishe, Amir Kakomo, David Owori, Emmanuel Wasswa, Ambrose Kirya, Ronald Magwali, Derrick Ndahiro.

Bright Stars XI – Edwin Kiwanuka, Andrew Kaggwa, Sam Ssekito, Andrew Kyambadde, Enock Walusimbi, Bernard Muwanga, Suleiman Ssebunza, Jamil Kalisa, Joseph Janjali, Muwadda Mawejje, Ronald Nkonge

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