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StarTimes UPL: Bright Stars rally from two goals down to share spoils for fifth consecutive time


Soltilo Bright Stars rallied from two goals down against URA FC to draw their fifth consecutive 2022/23 StarTimes Uganda Premier League game.

Nelson Ssekantuka and Emmanuel Loki netted in the second half to cancel out James Begisa and George Ssenkaaba first half goals for URA In a game played at Nakisunga Ssaza ground on Wednesday afternoon.

Bright Stars are now unbeaten this season, having drawn all their opening five games while URA have also drawn their third game of the season.

It was all Tax Collectors in the opening half as they dominated proceedings and create chances from the on-set.

They were denied several times by Hassan Matovu who was so brilliant in the Bright Stars goal. In the 15th minute, he parried away George Ssenkaaba’s powerful effort before doing the same on Ibrahim Dada’s brilliant header few moments afterwards.

Matovu also made two important saves from Benjamin Nyakonjo and Najib Fesali headers from the cornerkicks.

But just before the break, he couldn’t save James Begisa’s header as the leftback was first to react on Saidi Kyeyune’s ferocious freekick which was spilled into his path by Matovu.

Immediately after restart, Ssenkaaba doubled URA’s lead-finding the back of the net from close range after goalkeeper Matovu had punched Dada’s shot back into play.

From arguably their first shot on target, Bright Stars pulled a goal back through Nelson Ssekantuka, who pounced from close range into an empty net after URA goalkeeper Nafian Alionzi punched Emmanuel Looki’s shot into the forward’s path.

On the other end just after conceding, Ssenkaaba almost restored parity for the Tax Collectors but Matovu raced off his line to deny him.

After pulling a goal back, Bright Stars started pilling alot of pressure on the URA backline looking for a leveller but were unlucky.

Ssekantuka had his acrobatic kick cleared off the line by Nyakonjo before Noordin Bunjo and Denis Kaka Omonyi failed to hit the target from their efforts.

With just two minutes left on the clock, Bright Stars finally got their deserved leveller through Loki, who rose high to head in a brilliant James Odongo cross and send the Bright Stars bench into jubilations.

The Stars almost won it with the last kick of the game, but Ssekantuka header rattled the crossbar.

With a point, Bright Stars raise to 8th on the log with five points in as many games while URA moves to fourth place with six points.

Kamardin Shero
Senior sports Editor at The Touchline Sports | Am down to earth person with a great heart of always wanting to assist where possible.

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