Balinya hat-trick, Willa beauty saves Police against Paidha

By Clive Kyazze

Playing arguably the most entertaining football in the 2018/2019 StarTimes Uganda Premier League is one thing, but losing points you shouldn’t be losing is another.

That has been the story of Police FC this season and the script was almost repeated if it wasn’t for a hat-trick from Juma Balinya and another goal of the season contender by Paul Willa.  

Before all that Police gave away a 1-0 lead and at one point trailed 2-1 against Paidha Black Angels on Wednesday at StarTimes Lugogo.

Balinya came into the game as the man to watch and in the 29th minute put Police ahead from 12 yards after Simon Mbazira was fouled in the area.

When it looked like Police had Paidha where they wanted them, the former reckless gave away possession in a dangerous area.

Surrounded by four Police players who included Ivan Bukenya, Edgar Bwogi, Ashraf Galiwango and Hassan Kalega, Jackson Nsubuga shot past Alfred Ginyera who was making his Police debut. 

Both teams looked like they could match each other, and it was anybody’s game going into the second half, Paidha struck fast.

Police coach Abdallah Mubiru replaced Galiwango with Johnson Odongo switching to a back three of Bukenya, Bwogi and Willa.

They slept on the job once more losing possession in their own half, Yusuf Sozzi with a solo run got into the area shot with his right.

Ginyera in the Police goal preferred to save the ball with his instead of his hands he wasn’t successful as Paidha took the lead. 

In the 70th minute, Paidha’s coach Kadidi Ssenyange was sent to the stands by referee Mashood Ssali for misconduct.

Two minutes later, Police won a penalty after Kenneth Adagui handled the ball in the area, he was booked in the process.

Balinya put it away to level matters, it was his 15th of the season, two better than Bashir Mutanda of SC Villa. 

The game was suspended for a few minutes in the 76th minutes after Paidha fans threw objects to the second assistant referee Jane Mutonyi.

It took the intervention of Police chairman and Assistant Inspector of Police Asani Kasingye to calm the situation.

Kadidi calmly followed events of the game outside the perimeter fence where he occasionally gave tips to his assistant who later passed them on to the players.

With five minutes of added time, substitute Ruben Kimera calmly crossed for Balinya who completed his hat-trick, it was his sixteenth of the season.

A minute later Willa made it 4-2 with a thunderous 50-yard shot, a goal of the season contender.

The win lifts Police to ninth on 32 goals while Paidha continue to languish at the bottom of the 16 team log with 12 points. 

Wednesday Results
Police 4-2 Paidha Black Angels
Bright Stars 2-0 Nyamityobora
Mbarara 0-0 Ndejje Lions

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