Tuesday, April 24
Vipers SC 3-1 Masavu FC
Vipers scored two late goals to survive a scare from neighbours Masavu FC in a 3-1 league victory at St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.
Ivan Lubale scored for the visitors in the 70th minute to cancel out Tom Masiko’s strike in the first half to put the game one all.
With just a minute remaining on normal time, substitutes Pius Wangi and Milton Karisa scored two quick goals as Vipers withered through the storm.
The victory sends Vipers SC joint top with SC Villa on 49 points, but the Kitende-based side are on the summit with just a superior goal difference.
SC Villa have scored 25 and conceeded 9 goals, a goal difference of +16. Leaders Vipers on the other hand have scored 32 and conceeded 15 goals, a goal difference of +17.
The result leaves Masavu at the rock bottom with 23 points from 26 games.
The Integral Second Half:
After going down 1-0 at the break, Masavu came back into the second half a determined at least for a point.
In the game that had fewer chances created by both ends, Abraham Nduggwa came close to levelling matters but the attacker had his shot off the target at the hour mark.
Ten minutes later, Ivan Lubale who was given a lot of space, tried his luck and his powerful shot looped into the net for an equaliser.
Edward Golola, who was in the coaching role after Da Costa (head coach) was on suspension, brought on Milton Kariisa for Steven Mukwala had turned into a pedestrian on the day.
Karisa made an impact instantly, the starlet threw more life into the game with numerous crosses from the right flank, however, they went un attended to as Erisa Ssekisambu and Sserunkuma Dan were outplayed by the Masavu backline.
Masiko and Ssekisambu paved way for Wangi and Clovis Mbayi in that order as the hosts tried to push more fresh bodies at the front.
Controversies arose when visitor’s coach Alex Gitta was involved in an altercation with Vipers player who had gone on the line for a throw-in but Ref Alex Muhabi intrrvened, he consequently sent Gitta to the stands.
The game continued but all signs pointed to a stalemate, but Vipers, who had beaten Villa in Masaka in their last league game, had a different idea.
In the 89th minute, Wangi’s shot from close range was too heavy for goalkeeper Ivan Mutumba to stop as it crawled past the goal line for what seemed to be the winner.
Milton Karisa sealed the proceedings with a late strike in the added minutes.
Next for the Venoms is a clash of the Titans thriller with KCCA FC at Kitende.
Vipers SC starting XI
Ismail Watenga, Tom Masiko, Steven Mukwala, Erisa Ssekisambu, Deus Bukenya, Dan Sserunkuma, Duncan Sseninde, Brian Nkuubi, Halid Lwaliwa, Bashir Asiku, Geoffrey Wasswa
Erik Kimbowa, Ashraf Mandela, Moses Waiswa, Clovis Mbayi, Baden Mujahid, Pius Wangi, Milton Karisa.
Coach: Edward Golola
Masavu FC starting XI;
Ivan Mutumba, Philly Lutaya, James Kasibante, Ibrahim Pengere, Charles Wamala, Sulaiman Ochelo, Herbert Kakande, Simon Namwanja, Abraham Ndugwa, Arthur Semazzi, Rashid Kyambadde.
Ali Kiggundu, Geoffrey Kama, Sadala Dumba, Ivan Lubale, Jonathan Katende, Godfrey Wasswa, Asadu Bakulumpagi.
Coach: Alex Gitta
Ref – Alex Muhabi
Assistants – Emmy Kakooza and Sam Turyomuriiwe
Fourth official – Siraje Mpyangu
Match Commissioner – Muhamed Ndawula