Thursday, April 1
MYDA FC 1-2 SC Villa
SC Villa managed to overcome MYDA with a hard fought 2-1 win and kickstart their second round campaign on a promising note.
First half goals from Muhammed Ssenoga and Derrick Ndahiro gave Villa a two-goal cushion at the break but MYDA proved that they were not going down without a fight.
The hosts who had missed a penalty earlier, halved the deficit when Amos Kirya pounced home after Villa goalkeeper Meddie Kibirige mistake in the freekick.
MYDA will blame Lady referee Ann Akoyi for letting Villa’s first goal stand after their goalkeeper Andrew Ssekandi was fouled as he came out to keep out Ndahiro cross in the lead to the goal.
Ndahiro showed composure in his finish to double the lead inside the box after poor defending from the hosts.
Villa move to fourth place with 28 points while MYDA remain second from the bottom having suffered their 12th loss.
Unconvincing SC Villa Pass Test
The win at MYDA is the third for SC Villa on the road this season, having won twice (Bright Stars and Kyetume) in the first round.
Its a promising start for coach Edward Kaziba who has insisted that his side are title contenders.
Against MYDA, they were the better team on the day but still far from where Kaziba surely visions them.
Playing without captain Asuman Alishe, the frailties at the back resurfaced again.
They were in control at most of the stages but they conceded a cheap goal that will be blamed on goalkeeper Meddie Kibirige whose failure to punch away a freekick handed Amos Kirya chance to halve the deficit.
Earlier, they almost paid the price for recklessness when Agandu brought down Kirya in the box only for Ibrahim Nsimbe to send his penalty over the bar.
They were fortunate to have taken the lead when Mohammed Ssenoga scored an early opener but there was a collision on the goalkeeper who had come out to prevent Ndahiro’s cross.
Ndahiro was brilliant in his second goal and the left back cum winger had a chance to score the third for his side but fired over the bar.
MYDA Woes Persist
MYDA FC were their own worst enemies at King George IV stadium in a game they could have squeezed at least a point.
They were very sloppy at the back and failed to give Villa a huge run for their money especially in the first half.
They had a chance to level matter when Referee Akoyi Anna pointed to the spot following Agandu’s foul on Amos Kirya but the club’s top scorer Ibra Nsimbe sent his kick way over the bar.
They had a strong start in the second half but couldn’t make the ball cross the opponent’s goal line.
Outta Dickson brought a powerful cross in the area but Kirya’s effort under the onrushing goalkeeper Kibirige was just an inch wide.
They failed to rally along the home fans and even when Kirya bundled home in the 75th minute, they hardly pressed for an equaliser.
MYDA had closed the first round with their maiden top flight win against Kyetume but a poor start in the second half leaves more work to be done if they are to survive the drop.
What Next – MYDA visit Mbarara City in the league on April 13 but have to take care of Proline before in the Uganda Cup. Villa have Express in the league in Bombo on April 14 and Ndejje University in Uganda Cup earlier.
MYDA FC XI – Andrew Ssekandi, Isma Mafabi, Outta Dickson, Lojum Brandy, Amos Etojo, Stephen Okello, Paul Musamali, Eric Mutebi, Ibrahim Nsimbe, Derrick Basoga, Amos Kirya.
SC Villa XI – Meddie Kibirige, Fred Agandu, Andrew Kiwanuka, Moses Kiggundu, Gavin Kizito, Amir Kakomo, Muhammed Ssenoga, Emmanuel Wasswa, Ronald Olaki, Nicholas Kabonge, Derrick Ndahiro