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StarTimes UPL: Vipers complete double over Villa


Vipers SC has completed a StarTimes Uganda Premier league double over rivals  SC Villa after their 3-1 victory at the Bombo Military Playgrounds on Saturday evening.

Bobosi Byaruhanga, Yunus Sentamu and Paul Mucureezi were on target for the Venoms while goalkeeper Saidi Keni got Villa’s consolation.

The game began in a cagey affair, both sides struggling to progress the ball forwards effectively.

Promising Vipers winger Ibrahim Orit had the first goal scoring opportunity of the game, a shot from outside the box that was easily saved by Saidi Keni.

Villa responded by creating an opening of their own, Isaac Ogwang bearing down on goal only to fire above the crossbar.

After enduring a slow-paced and scrappy following 25 minutes, Bobosi Byaruhanga sparked the game into life with a bullet rebound shot to break the deadlock. Cesar Manzoki had his shot saved by Keni but the ball fell nicely for Bobosi to unleash his ferocious shot that sailed to the top of the net to give the visitors the lead.

The Viper’s second of the game came in the 33rd minute after a moment of pure brilliance by Paul Mucureezi who dribbled past two Villa defenders to set up Yunus Sentamu who doubled his side’s lead. It was a moment of pure quality to give the Sentamu his 15th goal of the season .

Few minutes afterwards, Villa engineered their best attack of the opening half but Ogwang, after holding off Halid Lwalila failed to put his effort past Vipers goalkeeper Fabien Mutombora.

Vipers almost found the third before the break but Keni made a brilliant save to prevent Disan Galiwango’s long shot from getting to the back of the net.

Just after the halftime break, Keni made another wonderful save, this time parrying away Mucureezi’s effort for a cornerkick.

Villa were reduced to ten men in the 65th minute after Gavin Kizito was sent off by Ronald Kirangwa for bringing down Cesar Manzoki just outside the box.

From the resulting free kick, Mucureezi curried his effort into the back of the net for the Venoms’ third of the game.

SC Villa pulled a goal back in the 71st minute through goalie Keni whose long clearance surprisingly caught  Manzoki aware to beat the Burudian and find the back of the net.

Vipers tentatively ascend to the top of the log with 53 points garnered in 24 games, two points above URA who play Police FC.

While SC Villa’s worries continue as they are winless in eight league games and now sit eight on the log with 32 points.

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