StarTimes Uganda Premier League
Police FC 2-2 SC Villa
StarTimes stadium, Lugogo
Police FC had forward Juma Balinya to thank on Tuesday evening as the striker netted a second half brace to help the Cops earn a point in a two all draw against SC Villa.
Coming into the game on the back of a 6-3 humiliation against KCCA FC, Police FC needed to make a statement for a quick recovery.
It was almost a similar case for the visitors who were also coming into this game nursing wounds after a 1-0 loss to BUL FC at home.
Despite going down twice in the game played at StarTimes stadium, Police FC crawled back from two goals to eventually salvage a point.
The Jogoos took the lead a minute after the half hour mark through youngster Charles ‘ Neymar’ Lwanga.
However, two minutes after scoring, the teenager was shown marching orders following foul play on defender Paul Willa.
Initially, centre referee Shamirah Nabadda had shown Lwanga a yellow card but after consultation with the fourth official, she reversed her decision to send off the striker.
Before the mandatory break, Bashir Mutanda would have regained the lead for SC Villa but failed to tap home a clear goal scoring opportunity.
He however, covered up for the miss just upon resumption when he converted from the spot to double the lead.
From then onwards, it was about Police FC who stepped up efforts and the hard work eventually paid off dividends.
Balinya pulled one back in the 51st minute before completing his brace seven minutes from time. The brace took his goal tally to nine, just one behind current top scorer Bashir Mutanda.
The result means Police FC end the first round on 21 points in 7th position while SC Villa is 12th on 14 points.
Main Photo: Juma Balinya(blue) in action against SC Villa(Photo by Don Phil Mugabi)