StarTimes Uganda Premier League
Maroons FC 2-1 Onduparaka FC
When referee Ashia Ssemambo blew the final whistle, almost every Maroons FC fan run on to the pitch in jubilation. Some lifted goalkeeper Emmanuel Akol high for his brilliant performance in goal while the rest crowded around the other players.
That is how important the 2-1 win against Onduparaka FC was to the team. The result eventually lifted the Prison Warders off the base of the league table and out of the relegation zone.
Maroons FC put up a resilient performance to overcome Onduparaka FC on Wednesday in the game played at Prisons ground in Luzira.
Solomon Walusimbi and Rashid Agau scored a goal in either half while Rashid Toha got the visitor’s consolation late in the game.
Despite starting on a low note, it was Maroons FC that took the lead through Walusimbi in the 28th minute capitalizing on a mistake by goalkeeper Richard Anyama who was making his first start this season with first choice Nicholas Ssebwato on bench due to a minor injury he sustained in the game against Tooro United.
Anyama’s poor clearance gifted Walusimbi with the ball just outside the area and the forward took his time before sending a ferocious strike into the top left corner of goal.
In an effort to make quick amends, Asaph Mwebaze the head coach of Onduparaka FC who was facing his former bosses called for a change two minutes after the half hour mark bringing on Oscar Agaba for Dennis Okot. This therefore implied that Fred Agandu who had started in midfield had to shift to the right back position.
Agaba almost leveled matters four minutes to halftime when Caesar Okhuti set him up inside the area but goalkeeper Akol was quick to save on the far post.
Onduparaka FC Made efforts at the start of the second stanza in search for the equalizer but lacked the cutting edge.
It was Maroons FC that instead doubled the lead in the 66th minute with Agau haunting his former team. The forward made a sole run through the middle, negotiated past defender Toha before sending a low drive off his left foot into the back of the net to send the home fans into wild celebrations.
Onduaparaka FC brought on Amis Muwonge and Gadaffi Gadinho for Okhuti and Ezra Bida respectively. On the other hand Maroons FC brought on Yahaya Luuti and Seif Batte for Emmanuel Oringa and Herman Wasswa. Ronald Kikonyongo later also paved way for Pius Obuya.
With three minutes on the clock, towering defender and Onduparaka skipper Toha headed home from Gadinho’s corner to give his team hope.
He almost scored another goal in similar fashion but was unlucky with his powerful header sailing a few inches above the cross bar.
Ssekajugo who was cold in the game also had a chance to equalizer in added time but his effort went wide.
Victory means Maroons FC move to 13thplace on 5 points while Onduparaka FC drop one place to 7th on 11 points.