Defending champions Vipers SC rallied from a goal down to claim a 2-1 victory over Kitara FC in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League game played at the St. Mary’s stadium, Kitende on Wednesday evening.
Two goals scored in the last ten minutes by Paul Mucureezi and Daniel Sserukuma inspired the venoms to their first league win of the season after two games so far.
The Venoms came into this game having drawn their opening game against Wakiso Giants on Saturday evening and needed a response in order to enlighten their hopes of defending the title they won last year.
Vipers started the game the brightest and had the game’s first attempt when Jamil Kalisa’s low ball went just metres wide in the 10th minute.
In the 25th minute, the game witnessed it’s first yellow card which was handed to Daniel Ekoyu for handling the ball just outside the box to deny a Vipers’ offensive move.
From the resulting freekick, Godfrey Wasswa had a brilliant chance to break the deadlock but his headed effort went agonizingly above the top right corner of the goal.
The game’s first attempt on target came in the 19th minute from Disan Galiwango, but Kitara’s Hillington Musoke was well stationed to deny the fullback’s curly effort from going in.
In the 30th minute, Ibrahim Orit almost put the hosts in the lead after the former Mbarara forward pounced on a loose ball, but Musa Docca made a last minute clearance to ensure the first half ended levelled.
Having limped off almost at the end of first half, defensive midfielder Siraje Ssentamu, was replaced by Bobosi Byaruhanga at the start of the second half.
Muhammad Shaban missed a brilliant chance in the 50th minute when he rose high and failed to connect well with the ball from a David Bagoole well driven cross.
Having not offered much offensively, Kitara FC surprisingly took the lead after Brian Muluuli capitalized on Aziz Kayondo’s reckless defending at the back to curve the ball past Fabien Mutombora.
After going down, Fred Kajoba introduced on Dan Sserukuma, Paul Mucurezi and Dennis Mwemezi in a bid to try and fight for the game the game and Sserukuma almost made an instant impact, but his effort was easily parried over the cross bar for a cornerkick by the Kitara goalie.
Brian Mululi got a chance to double the scoreline, but the forward headed far wide from a corner with Mutombora well beaten in the 81st minute.
Seven minutes to the death of the game, Paul Mucurezi levelled matters for the hosts, slotting in a Denis Mwemezi well calculated cross from the left.
Two minutes on, Daniel Sserukuma found the winner when he placed the ball into the back of net after Mohammed Shaban brilliantly controlled the ball and passed it into his way.
Vipers have now garnered their first win and now move to four points collected in their two games, while Kitara have now lost a third game in a row.