Former Venom, Steven Dese Mukwala was on target on Saturday afternoon as URA FC outclassed Vipers 2-1 at the Arena of Visions, Ndejje University to move atop of the Uganda Premier League.
Mukwala doubled URA advantage in the second half after Shafik Kagimu had broken the deadlock just before the halftime break. Substitute Cesar Manzoki netted Vipers consolation.
The match started in a relatively slow fashion, with both teams taking a more cautious approach and in the end, they resorted to a pound for pound approach limiting each other to as few chances as realised.
URA FC was the better side though throughout the first half as they controlled proceedings while Vipers were struggling to find a rhythm depicted by the lack of serious threats at the home side’s goal.
Until the 38th minute, it was far from an entertaining half as Vipers’ Siraje Sentamu found himself in Referee William Oloya’s book with caution for being reckless against Ssali Davis.
In the later minutes of the first half, the deadlock was finally broken by Shafik Kagimu after he capitalized on Fabien Mutombora’s poor goalkeeping, spilling the ball back into play following Ssali’s cross off the right, for the URA captain to guide his strike into the back of the net in the 40th minute. It was an identical strike to that he scored against Police FC in their preceding fixture at the MTN Omondi Stadium.
With such a lacklustre first half, Vipers SC was expected to return a different side, however, disaster struck again in the 59th minute when Bobosi Byaruhanga’s poor control allowed Mukwala to retrieve the ball, pace into the penalty area and curl the ball past Mutombora for URA’s second goal of the game.
Before the goal though, Fred Kajoba, the Vipers head coach made a double substitution, introducing Paul Mucurezi and Cesar Manzoki for Allan Kayiwa and David Bagoole respectively with the hope that his side would impose themselves more onto the game.
In the 68th minute, Yunus Sentamu was a culprit of poor finishing as he volleyed above the crossbar following an excellent Joseph Dhata cross.
Vipers first shot on target arrived in the 71st minute when substitute Basangwa, who had earlier came on for Bobosi Byaruhanga played in Mucurezi but his shot was straight at Hannighton Ssebwalunyo who produced a brilliant save to deny the Venoms.
However, a minute afterwards, Ssebwalunyo couldn’t do anything to deny substitute Cesar Manzoki’s headed ball when the Congolese rose high to meet a Disan Galiwango freekick from the left.
There was no comeback though as URA were well disciplined in defence to deny the venoms from finding the leveller.
With today’s win, URA FC ascends to the summit of the Uganda Premier League with 33 points in 14 games while Vipers descend to second place on the log and remain on 30 points heading into the last first-round game with KCCA next week. URA travel to Arua to face Onduparaka next Wednesday.