Uganda Premier League
Police FC 2-0 BUL FC
MTN Omondi Stadium, Lugogo
Johnson Odong was the star of the show as Police FC beat BUL FC 2-0 at Lugogo on Tuesday afternoon to move top of the Uganda Premier League.
The forward put up a man-of-the-match performance scoring once and assisting the other.
After a goalless first half, Odong opened the scoring three minutes after the hour mark to send the Cops on their way to yet another victory.
He then turned provider for Brian Mululi who converted a well-worked counter attack by the home side.
Victory sees Police FC move to 16 points for the season after winning five, drawing once and losing one in their opening seven encounters.
For BUL, they stay in 12th spot with seven points from seven games.
In their next encounters, Police will be away to Vipers SC on Friday while BUL hosts Express FC the following day.
Cops start slow but get job done
Police FC have wowed crowds in the recent past with their expansive style of football.
They are a side that many envy and some if not most teams come to Lugogo fearing the worst.
Off a 3-1 victory against Kyetume last week, one would expect they would go all out against BUL in a bid for a second victory on the trot.
However, they started slowly, barely curbing out any decent goal scoring opportunities in the opening half.
Odong blasted over from just inside the area and Mululi saw an overhead kick go wide off a Muwadda header.
Odong who was in inspiring form against Kyetume, netting once, started growing into the game and only poor connection stopped him from heading the Cops ahead off a Ruben Kimera well-weighted free kick.
At the break, Abdallah Mubiru made two substitutions as both Herman Waasswa and Duncan Sseninde came on for Kimera and Muwadda and what a move that would prove to be.
Police started stretching the BUL defence as Sseninde and Wasswa found themselves in good positions only for the final ball to let them down.
After Sseninde saw a cross charged down for just a corner, it was from the resultant kick that they found the opener.
Sseninde sent the ball into the area and after two fruitless attempts by BUL to clear their lines, the ball fell to Odong who turned Jimmy Kulaba before unleashing a fierce drive into the top-left corner for 1-0.
The second came with 14 minutes to play. Sseninde sent Odong on his way and the forward unselfishly layed the ball into the path of Mululi who poked into an empty net.
BUL looked dejected from there on wards and Mubiru’s side could have added another but it just could not be.
Kimera tipped Mawejje’s free kick over, Ssozi sent a wild effort into the hands of Abdul Kimera, while Katongole headed wide Sseninde’s corner-kick wide.
BUL collapses and fail to win second on the trot
BUL FC came into the game on the back of a huge 2-1 victory over KCCA FC and they should have been motivated against a silky Police side.
The Jinja based side are know to be hard to break down and that was the case in the first half as they restricted the Cops to just half chances.
At the other end, however, they were struggling to create chances of their own.
Musa Esenu blazed over from distance and Kigozi failed to pick out a teammate while in a decent crossing position.
After the introduction of Wasswa and Sseninde, BUL started struggling with the pair making runs in behind their defence.
After sustained pressure, the defence collapsed as they twice failed to clear their lines after Sseninde sent a corner into the area.
Knowing they had gone a goal down, they tried to push forward but left themselves exposed at the back enabling Sseninde to split them with a pass that Odong collected to set up Mululi for the second.
In the end, BUL will blame the loss on their second half performance and will feel these ara dropped points on the day.
How both teams started
Derrick Ochen(GK), Denis Rukundo, Muhamood Hassan, Tonny Mawejje(C), Yusuf Ssozi, Ruben Kimera, Muwada Mawejje, Henry Katongole, Eric Ssenjobe, Johnson Odongo, Brian Muluuli
Abdul Kimera (G), Jimmy Kulaba, Walter Ochora, Agrrey Madoi, Ramathan Dudu, Godfrey Akol, Aprem, Ibrahim Mugulusi, Musa Esenu, Joseph Ssemujju, Davis Kigozi.