Express Put Five Against NEC

Thursday, December 21

Busoga United 2-2 URA
NEC 2-5 Express


Express FC came from a goal behind to defeat NEC FC 5-2 on Thursday under Lugogo floodlights.

It was a forgettable night for goalkeeper Ismael Maganda who conceded three first half goals on his debut, and his side let in two more in the second half to lose by a big 5-2 margin.

Isaac Wagoina and Emmanuel Alex Wasswa scored a brace each while Steven Timothy Ssenfuma was on target for Alex Isabirye’s first win.

Cromwell Rwothomio had put the hosts in front as early as the second minute of the game, but the visitors responded with three goals before the end of first half.

Rwothomio showed composure when he controlled a brilliant ball in the area from Farouk Ssekayi before slotting past Abdul Kimera.

In the 16th minute, Isaac Wagoina tapped-in after goalkeeper Maganda had fumbled with Emmanuel Wasswa’s taken free-kick.

At the half hour mark, Wasswa and Wagoina once again combined to produce the second goal for Express, with the former at the receiving far end to squeeze his effort at near post.

With two minutes left to the end of the first half, Wagoina converted from the spot to double the Red Eagles’ lead after Steven Ssenfuma was fouled in the penalty area.

Ssenfuma, in the 76th minute, scored the fourth for Express, his first goal after Eddy Ssebandeke made a good delivery.

Wasswa, just four minutes later, also converted from the spot to score his second of the day, following a foul on Sheif Batte.

With three minutes left to play for before fulltime, Tony Kiberu’s diving header deflected off Andrew Kaggwa’s knee to find the back of the net for NEC to pull another goal back.

The result takes Express to 16 points from 12 games, but they’ll maintain their eighth position on the table, a point below seventh placed URA with 17 points.

Meanwhile, NEC, despite the heavy loss will keep their fifth position on the table with 20 points.

The UPL newcomers would’ve moved to third position (only three points below table leaders BUL) had they won against Express.

Players used:

NEC XI: Ismael Maganda (GK), Enoch Ssebagala (C) Kelvin Tah Barni, Cromwell Rwothomio, Farouk Ssenkatu, Brian Kayanja, Shamir Kimwero, Innocent Asiimwe, John Paul Acire, Rashid Okocha, Garvin Mubiru

Subs: Michael Okiria, Geoffrey Sserunkuma, Ibrahim Thembo, Sulaiman Ssesazi, Tevin Kevin Kyeyune, Allan Mugalu, Gideon Odongo, Hood Kakooza, David Tonny Kiberu, Ronald Ogenga Owiny, Ivan Kamoga, Ronald Kaye

Express: Express XI: Abdul Kimera (GK), Arthur Kiggundu (C), Andrew Kaggwa, Isma Kawawulo, Issa Kimu, Ramzay Kawooya, Emmanuel Wasswa, John Assimwe, Steven Timothy Ssenfuma, Eddy Ssebandeke, Isaac Wagoina

Subs: Yunus Abubakar, Seif Batte, Arcel Nkomba, Abbel Muwanguzi, Dauson Mafumu, Mahad Kabogoza, Marvin Oshaba, Shafik Ssebyala, Andrew Kawooya

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