Uganda Premier League
Police FC 1-1 SC Villa
Omondi Stadium, Lugogo
SC Villa were held to a 1-1 draw by Police FC at Lugogo on Wednesday.
Nicholas Kabonge lashed onto a Saddam Masereka low cut-back to fire Villa ahead on 57 minutes before substitute Herman Waswa collected his own-rebound to level matters three minutes later.
Police had goalkeeper Tom Ikara sent off late in the game for he handling outside his area.
It was a game of two halves indeed as Villa dominated the first before Police took over in the second.
Villa could have gone into the break with a lead but Kabonge saw a goal-bound shot deflected for a corner, Geoffrey Wasswa had an effort from a free-kick tipped over by Ikara and Ssenoga twice forced the custodian decent saves.
With Police struggling to create chances, they introduced the duo of Herman Waswa and Duncan Sseninde and what inspiration that would prove to be in the end.
Wasswa who is known for his centre-forward abilities was sent outwide and he caused all sorts of issues to the Villa defence.
He sent a header just over and saw a fierce drive pushed over by Martin Ssenkooto in the Villa goal.
The former KCCA FC striker would not be denied for a third time as he pounced onto his-own charged-down attempted cross to rifle in off the under-side of the bar for 1-1.
Sseninde too had chances to score but shot over from distance before side-footing a Wasswa cross, into the stands.
Late in the contest, Brian Mululi could have won it but directed Wasswa’s cross onto the upright before Villa cleared their lines.
In the end, both sides had to settle for a more than deserved draw.
In their next fixtures, Villa host Kyetume FC on Saturday while Police are away to Mbarara City FC on the same day.
How both teams started
Tom Ikara (GK), Tony Kiwalazi, Eric Ssenjobe, Hassan Mahmood, Henry Katongole, Fahad Kizito, Edward Kiryowa, Muwadda Mawejje Yusuf Ssozi, Brian Muluuli, Ben Ocen.
Martin Ssenkooto (GK), Joseph Nsubuga, Derrick Ndahiro Geoffrey Wasswa, Amir Kakomo, Asuman Alishe, Saddam Masereka, Ronald Ssekiganda, Isaac Ogwang, Nicholas Kabonge, Muhammad Ssenoga.