Fabien Mutombora deflected the ball into his own net as Sports Club Villa finally rediscovered their winning touch in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League, and perhaps the St. Mary’s, home to arch-rivals Vipers Sports Club wasn’t a bad place to start.
After failing to register a win in their last three league outings (losing to KCCA FC 4-1 in their first-round last game and starting the second round off to 2 consecutive losses to URA FC and Busoga United) the Jogoos were not anywhere close to a positive result going into this game against the leaders.
It was a quite boring and sluggish game at the start with no side willing to express their intentions but soon, the game and its magnitude started forcing proceedings to change.
It was the home team that got the first open chance later in the 30th minute when Paul Willa drove a hard shot from a distance to Villa’s goal, but Saidi Keni made no mistake in receiving it.
Villa tried to engineer an attack in the 34th through Nicholas Kabonge who played a through ball to Ambrose Kirya but the forward was well contained by skipper Geoffrey Wasswa.
Around the 40th minute, Jacob Okao’s tried a shot at goal after a corner kick from Abdulkarim Watambara, but was the Villa defenders were so compact to blcok it.
Towards the end of the first half, Paul Mucureezi’s header was cleared off the line by Moses Kiggundu to deny Vipers the chance to lead the game before the break.
With just eight minutes into the second half The Jogoos found the back of the net after Fabian Mutombora deflected the ball inside his own net from Bashir Mutanda’s blushed header which kissed the woodwork onto the Burundian’s body.
Vipers tried to push for an equalizer through marksman Fahad Bayo but Villa custodian Saidi Keni was equal to the challenge in the 80th minute.
Edward Golola brought on two more forwards in Denis Mwemezi for worn out Allan Kayiwa and Dan Sserunkuma replacing Paul Mucureezi in the front three but all was in vain as the pair failed to find the back of the net.
Vipers SC remains on top of the Startimes Uganda Premier League standings with 42 points while SC Villa now moves into third place with 30 points, 12 adrift of table leaders Vipers.
The Venoms will travel to Mutesa II Stadium on Wednesday 22nd to take on Kajjansi United in Stanbic Uganda Cup while SC Villa will travel to Gulu on Thursday 24th to take on Super Eagles FC at Pece Stadium.