Tuesday, October 16
Police FC 1-3 Express FC
Express FC defied odds with a convincing victory away at Police FC, at StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo.
The Red Eagles won 3-1 to record their first victory in the ongoing 2018-19 StarTimes Uganda Premier League.
Early goals from Tony Odur and Ibrahim Kayiwa gave the visitors a 2-0 lead at halftime. Arthur Kiggundu scored an own goal for Police to pull one back at the restart.
Express FC withered through the storm before Michael Birungi put the game to bed with a late strike at the death.
It was a deserved victory for us,” noted Express FC coach Kefa Kisala shortly after the game. “We just had to outscore our opponents and the boys did that.”
The victory takes Express to four points from three games – Kisala’s charges had drawn with URA and lost to Mbarara City in their opening two games.
Express FC Powers To Victory:
Following an abysmal start in the league, Express FC were outsiders to pick a point at Lugogo.
The side had lost two league games against Police FC last season. Police had even beaten Kisala’s team in the preseason friendly.
Mathias Muwanga started in goal in place of Tony Kyamera, Davis Mayanja also made his comeback into the starting eleven after missing out on a trip to Kavumba where the side lost to Mbarara.
In what started as an end to end affair, Express was the luckiest as the side got off to a dream start with an eight minute goal. Tony Odur was at the end of Disan Galiwango’s delivery to slot home an opener.
Odur could have doubled the visitors lead five minutes later but his header from Julius Ntambi’s aerial cross, was just an inch over the bar.
Police FC tried to level matters in the 24th minute but Ashraf Mugume’s shot from a well taken freekick went into the hands of Mathias Muwanga.
Police FC had an earlier penalty appeal with Pius Kaggwa brought down in the area but referee Paul Turyamureeba was better positioned to award a goal kick.
Express FC could later double their lead in the 33rd minute with Ibrahim Kayiwa who ran free on goal, fired past Davis Mutebi to send the travelling fans into wild celebrations.
Visitor’s goalkeeper Mathias Muwanga was again forced into another save from Johnson Odong’s long range strike in the 37th minute.
Police FC Coach Abdallah Mubiru later substituted off Odong off for Ruben Kimera before the sides were sent for a long break.
At the restart, Police FC came back determined to make amends and the side pulled one back in the 51st minute with the ball deflecting off Arthur Kiggundu (own goal).
Express FC was pushed to the wall with much of the action in their half, as Police was at the giving end but the hosts couldn’t find a cutting edge.
Tony Odur missed from inside the box, and Nasri Mbabali tried a bicycle kick with with Police goalkeeper Mutebi off his line, but his effort produced no fruits.
Coach Mubiru brought on Hassan Kalega but the sides couldn’t penetrate a water tight defence.
Police’s Ruben Kimera came close to equalising with a powerful shot in the closing stages of the game, but keeper Muwanga kept cleared well from his near post.
Michael Birungi made it 3-1 at the death with a powerful strike to seal off a hard fought victory at the Lugogo turf.
What next for both sides?
Police FC will now look to make amends with a long trip to Bombo to face Ndejje University on October 24
Express FC will play host to visiting BUL FC at Wankulukuku on October 23.
Police FC Starting XI
Davis Mutebi, Arafat Galiwango, Pius Kaggwa, Johnson Odongo, Samuel Kayongo, Norman Ogik, Makeera Shakur, Paul Willa, Ibrahim Kibumba, Ashraf Mugume, Kimera Tayimur
Express FC Starting XI
Mathias Muwanga, Julius Ntambi, Disan Galiwango, Kiggundu Arthur, Shafiq Kakeeto, Pius Mbidde, Michael Birungi, Davis Mayanja, Tony Odur, Ibrahim Kayiwa, Mubarak Nsubuga