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FWSL: UCU secure victory in rain-soaked battle against Rines SS

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The ambiance at UCU Sports Ground was set for a riveting encounter on matchday 7 as UCU Lady Cardinals faced off against Riness SS Football Club amidst intermittent drizzles that added a touch of drama to the already charged atmosphere.

This game, deemed as a crucial clash with both teams tied at 5 points and separated only by goal difference, unfolded with a palpable tension, resembling more of a relegation battle.

Despite the wet outfield, UCU Lady Cardinals embraced the challenge of hosting Riness SS.

The match exhibited early intensity, with Rines FC creating an opportunity in the second minute, met by a commendable save from the UCU goalkeeper.

While it initially appeared as though UCU Lady Cardinals would dominate, possession remained evenly balanced in the first half.

Rines SS captain, Eva Nagayi, had a chance from a free-kick at the edge of the box in the 10th minute, but the shot sailed over the bar.

However, Rines SS broke the deadlock in the 13th minute with Amina Nababi’s long shot from outside the 18-yard box.

UCU responded swiftly, leveling the score at one all in the 20th minute with Meble Kusasira’s brilliant assist setting up a goal for Harima Kanyago. The first half concluded with both teams deadlocked at one apiece.

The second half brought more action as Shadia Nankya’s free-kick in the 73rd minute, coupled with Mebel Kusasira’s contribution, handed UCU Lady Cardinals the lead.

In the 88th minute, Catherine Nakiridde’s well-executed free-kick extended the lead, securing a 3-1 victory.

This triumph propelled UCU Lady Cardinals to the 5th position with 8 points, tying with Uganda Martyrs in 4th place.

Coach Bright Nyanzi of Rines SS Football Club lamented luck and missed opportunities in the post-match reaction.

Coach Magoba Godfrey, the head coach for UCU, acknowledged the entertaining nature of the encounter, especially with the rain adding an extra layer of excitement.

As the echoes of their recent triumph reverberate, UCU Lady Cardinals are gearing up to host She Mak on Wednesday, January 17, 2023, in what promises to be another thrilling encounter.

Simultaneously, Riness is poised for a challenging face-off against She Maroons on the same day, adding an extra layer of anticipation to the upcoming fixtures.

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