StarTimes Uganda Premier League
Maroons FC 1-2 Vipers SC
Maroons stadium, Luzira
If referee Mashood Ssali had a chance for a second look at Moses Waiswa’s goal, perhaps he would have had other options.
From camera footage, Waiswa’s free kick seemingly went just off target but there was no protest from Maroons FC players.
That aside, Vipers Sports Club earned a hard fought win against the Prison warders to ascend to the summit of the league.
Despite not being convincing as it was the case in their opener against Ndejje University FC, the defending champions did just enough garner maximum points and take an early summit lead.
The hosts took the lead through Pius Obuya but Vipers SC rallied back through Davies Kasirye and Moses Waiswa to secure victory.
Kasirye had the first attempt of the game inside the opening minute. A defence splitting pass from Waiswa found Kasirye unmarked but failed to fire past goalkeeper Ashadu Bugembe.
Maroons from then was the better side with veteran Dan Wagaluka and Seif Batte coming close. It was Pius Obuya who broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute.
Wagaluka ignited the attack inside his own half before releasing Batte on the right flank. The energetic forward beat his off his opponent, Aggrey Madoi to set up Obuya who rounded off goalkeeper Fabien Mutombora before scoring into an empty net.
The lead was however short lived with Kasirye capitalizing on a defense lapse and went past onrushing Ashadu to level matters.
Deep into added time of the opening half, Waiswa curled ‘home’ from a free kick after defender Eddy Kapampa held the ball outside the area.
Despite efforts in the second half from Maroons FC, Vipers SC remained resilient at the back to fend off pressure even when the Prison warders brought on Herman Wasswa and Solomon Walusimbi.
Maroons would have levelled matters a minute after the hour mark when Kapampa’s cross was headed for goal but instead Batte pushed the ball into the net with his hand.
Referee Mashood was well stationed to see and cancel the goal.
Victory lifts Vipers SC from 6th to 1st place on the table with six points while Maroons FC languish in the drop zone.
Maroons FC Starting XI
Ashadu Bugembe, Eddy Kapampa, Solomon Mutyaba, Sylvester Okello, Martin Mpuuga, Ronald Orombi,Dan Wagaluka, Pius Obuya, Seif Batte, Brian Majwega
Vipers SC Starting XI
Fabien Mutombora, Bashir Asiku, Aggrey Madoi, Geoffrey Wasswa, Livingstone Mulondo, Taddeo Lwanga, Duncan Sseninde, Moses Waiswa, Dan Muzeeyi Sserunkuma, Brian Kasirye,