FUFA Big League
Wednesday 26th May
Arua Hill SC 2-0 Mbale Heroes
An early goal from Allan Mugalu and a late strike from Biden Mujahid gave Arua Hill SC all the three points as they defeated Mbale Heroes FC 2-0 in the only Big League game played on Wednesday.
Mbale Heroes finished the game with nine players after both skipper Jamaldine Buchochera and goalkeeper Hatimu Hilbert were sent off.
Allan Mugalu put Arua Hill in the lead with a well-timed header in the first minute of the contest.
Both sides traded possession in the early exchanges and created half chances only to be denied by decent defending.
Arua could have increased their advantage in the first half but Alfred Leku could not meet a Dan Bilikwalira’s cross.
Birikwalira then sent a long throw-in into the box but Mike Kawooya could not finish before a rebound was fired wide for just a goal kick.
Davis Mayanja headed wide an Olega Brian corner as the visitors pushed for a leveller early in the second half.
In the 51st minute, Buchochera was booked for a foul on goal scorer Mugalu.
Five minutes later, the Mbale Heroes skipper was shown a second yellow card after a reckless foul on Paddy Muhumuza.
Two minutes past the hour mark, Arua Hill got a golden opportunity to bury the game but Muhumuza’s effort was cleared off the line.
With three minutes to the 90, custodian Hatimu was shown a straight red after a reckless tackle on substitute Ade Brian.
In the 90th minutes, Mujahid doubled the hosts lead to bury any visitors’ hopes for an equaliser.
The result means Arua Hill maintain top spot in the Elgon group with 23 points from 11 matches while Mbale Heroes stay 6th on 12 points, two above the relegation zone. Arua Hill are still unbeaten in the Big League this season.
Arua Hill’s next assignment will be in the West Nile derby against Calvary FC at the Greenlight stadium.
For Mbale Heroes, they will welcome Maroons FC at the Mbale Municipal Stadium.
How they started
Richard Anyama (GK), Aggrey Kirya, Dan Birikwalira, Mike Kawooya, Rashid Muhamed, Gadafi Gadinho, Baden Mujahid, Paddy Muhumuza, Rashid Agau, Alfred Leku, Allan Mugalu.
Hatimu Hilbert (GK), Kibumba Ibrahim, Ayela Joel, Lubangkene Godfrey, Malunda Musa, Mayanja Davis, Olega Brian, Fidel Muhwezi, Jamaldine Buchochera, Okori Luuka, Wamboka Edmon.