Milton Karisa netted a first-half brace as Vipers defeated Gaddafi FC 3-1 in a StarTimes Uganda Premier League game to return to winning ways.
The Venoms had lost their last league game 2-0 to URA FC and needed a quick redemption to keep tabs with leaders KCCA FC – and they did just that in style with a convincing win over the Soldier Boys at the Gaddafi Arena in Jinja. Milton Karisa netted twice in ten minutes while Bright Anukani got Vipers third of the game. Jamaldin Karenzi Buchochera netted the hosts’ consolation.
The opening half was tightly contested but both sides struggled to get off the mark in the opening exchanges, missing open chances from close range. It was until in the 16th minute that the game witnessed its first realistic attempt at goal as James Otim’s header rattled the crossbar after a well weighed cross from Hassan Musana.
Two minutes later, Vipers fashioned a chance of their own, but Bobosi Byaruhanga’s shot, that was on its way to the back of the net was blocked by Gaddafi skipper Andrew Wasswa.
From a long Fabien Mutombora goal-kick, Vipers broke the deadlock as the ball was touched Caesar Manzoki’s head and dazzled the hosts’ defence line for Karisa to loop the ball over the on-rushing Ronald Mutebi into the back of the net for his first of the game.
Despite conceding, the hosts continued piling pressure and it wasn’t a surprise that they levelled matters moments later with Jamaldin Karenzi Buchochera pouncing onto a fake Mutombora punch to bundle in from close range.
Vipers did not take long to restore their game’s lead after Karisa guided in a long Bobosi Byaruhanga free-kick after the Gaddafi defenders failed to deal with it.
Before the break, Bright Anukani made it three for Vipers, with a fine free kick from outside the box after Mucureezi was fouled by Yunus Sibira.
The game went into the break with the visitors holding a commendable 3-1 lead over the hosts.
The second half started in a relatively slow fashion as compared to the first as Vipers resorted to a cautious approach to the game.
Vipers had a chance to make it four but Bobosi put his effort agonizingly off the target after being set up by Anukani.
While, Otim failed to pull another goal back for Gaddafi in the 67th minute after he blazed his effort over the crossbar after being found unmarked in the box.
With his side in the lead, Vipers SC Head Coach Roberto Oliveira handed Allan Kayiwa his debut this season- coming on for a tired Mucureezi in the 75th minute.
And Kayiwa combined well with Anukani in the 85th minute but the later took a touch too many to fail to find the back of the net.
Vipers, who remain unbeaten away from home now move to second position on the log with 16 points collected from seven games.
For Gaddafi, they suffer their second home defeat of the season and they remain with nine points from their opening eight.
Vipers play top-placed KCCA FC next on Sunday evening while Gaddafi will visit bottom-placed Police FC.