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StarTimes UPL: Sentamu’s early strike enough for Vipers to overcome 10-man Bright Stars

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Striker Yunus Sentamu early first half strike was enough for Vipers SC to overcome Soltilo Bright Stars 1-0 in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League game on Tuesday.

Sentamu’s strike came with seven minutes on the clock to propel the venoms to a victory over Bright Stars that played the whole second half a man less.

Ivan Irinimbabazi was sent off by George Olemu just before the break for a second bookable offense.

Its was all Vipers SC in the opening half as they dominated the proceedings from the start.

With arguably their first attempt at goal, Vipers went ahead after Sentamu run onto Bobosi Byaruhanga’s miss-hit shot to dink the ball over Bright Stars’ advancing goalkeeper Simon Tamale to open the scoring on seven minutes.

Vipers had a couple of chances to double their scoreline but Caesar Manzoki and Milton Karisa failed to find the target.

Manzoki had his header saved by Tamale in the 13th minute before Karisa rattled the crossbar from a free kick in the 31st minute after Sentamu was fouled outside the area by Ivan Irinimbabazi.

Irinimbabazi had Bright Stars’ best attempt in the opening half when he made a swift turn to shoot from outside the area but Fabien Mutombora made a brilliant save to deny the youngster.

But a minute later, Irinimbabazi was sent off for a second bookable offense on Paul Willa by center referee George Olemu in the 43rd minute.

The game went into the break with the visitors holding a slim 1-0 lead.

With the numerical advantage, Vipers had the first realistic attempt of the second as Manzoki rose high but headed a brilliant Bright Anukani’s cornerkick meters off-mark.

At hour-mark, Vipers could have doubled their lead, but Manzoki missed a spot kick after Sentamu was fouled in the area by Allan Katwe.

Bright Stars had a chance to level matters in the 70th minute, but Mutombora made a brilliant save to deny Marvin Youngman.

Tamale then made a brilliant save to deny Karisa from close range after the Uganda Cranes international was easily set up by Manzoki.

With the victory, Vipers close the gap on leaders KCCA as they are now a point below the Kasasiro Boys with 26 points garnered in 11 games.

A loss pushes Bright Stars down to the relegation zone as they now 14th with seven points in 11 games.

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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