Vipers SC has become the first team to progress to this year’s Stanbic Uganda Cup final after they overcame Mbarara City 4-0 in semi-final second leg game played at St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende on Tuesday.
The 4-0 win means Vipers SC progressed to the final after a 6-1 aggregate victory and will face either BUL FC or Booma FC in the final.
Yunus Sentamu, Milton Karisa and Bobosi Byaruhanga all got on target in the second half for the Venoms, who oozed past the Ankole lions.
To the game action, the opening half started in a relatively slow fashion and was mostly cagey throughout the opening 30 minutes. The first attempt on goal came in the 38th minute when Cesar Manzoki had his header brilliantly saved by Martin Elungat, the Mbarara City custodian.
Following that header, Manzoki got stretched off with a nasty injury due to poor landing and was replaced by Paul Mucureezi.
The game went into the break with scores tied despite the Venoms having dominated most of the proceedings.
But immediately after the break, Vipers took the lead through Ronald Otii’s own goal, who headed a teasing Bobosi Byaruhanga’s cornerkick past Elungat to see the deadlock broken.
After that goal, Mbarara had a chance to level matters on the day but substitute Tom Kakaire saw his long range effort parried away by Denis Kiggundu.
The Venoms doubled their lead just before the hour-mark through Karisa bullet strike that left Elungat starstruck in the Mbarara City goal. Karisa ran onto an exquisite Najib Yiga defense spitting pass to shot at goal.
Moments later, it was three for Vipers with Karisa this time turning from goalscorer to goal provider when he easily set up Yunus Sentamu to net from close range.
Just before the death of the game, Bobosi put the final nail in Mbarara City coffins when he net his side’s fourth after nice work by Sentamu on the left.
4-0 it ended and Vipers progressed to their second consecutive final, having beaten BUL FC 8-1 in last season’s final at Njeru.