Uganda Premier League
Vipers SC 3-2 Bright Stars FC
St. Mary’s stadium, Kitende
Vipers Sports Club needed a later winner to edge past hard fighting Bright Stars FC in the game played at St. Mary’s Kitende on Tuesday.
The Venoms needed extra efforts to register a 3-2 victory and keep themselves within the title race.
In a closely contested game that ended on a rather controversial note saw Vipers SC take the lead through midfielder Brian Nkuubi in the 12th minute.
Nkuubi’s scorcher caught goalkeeper Benson Wagima off guard as the hosts had a brilliant start.
However, the visitors also surged up efforts and ten minutes later, John Kokas Opejo levelled matters off Methodious Jjungu’s ground cross.
This gave Bright Stars FC more courage to attack and were awarded a penalty with five minutes from the mandatory break after defender Geoffrey Wasswa fouling Nelson Ssenkatuka in the area.
The energetic forward returned to his feet and convert the resultant penalty sending goalkeeper James Alitho the wrong way.
The second half started on a good note but towards the closing stages, the game seemed to run out of Centre referee Muzamiru Tulu’s hands failing to make appropriate calls.
Bright stars were denied a free-kick with Taddeo Lana (the last man at the time) pulling down Ssenkatuka who was headed for goal.
On the other hand, Vipers SC scored a seemingly offside goal with Steven Mukwala tapping home from Geoffrey Wasswa’s initial shot.
With just a minute to the end of the game, substitute Tom Masiko scored the winner for Vipers to collect maximum points amidst protests from the Bright Stars technical bench.
Vipers SC now moved to second place on 42 points, one behind SC Villa who did not play today.
Bright Stars FC on the other hand remain 11th with 26 points.