By Brian Inke
FUFA Big League leaders Kitara FC came from a goal down to beat 10-man Adjumani Town Council at the Kigaaya Playgrounds in Masindi.
Paddy Muhumuza and a Patrick Kaddu penalty inspired the hosts to a second half comeback on Thursday, to consolidate the top spot.
Michael Ajiga had given the visitors the lead at the stroke of halftime before Issien Badru was sent off late in the second half.
The Royals finish the first round unbeaten at Kigaaya playground, winning all the eight games they have played at home.
For struggling Adjumani Town Council, they have failed to win any of their games on the road.
Kitara who looked like the favourites to take the lead in the opening minutes were too wasteful in front of the goal.
Erick Muber, Davis Ssali, Moses Sseruyidde and John Kisakye all wasted opportunities to put the hosts in the lead.
In the 44th minute, the visitors took a surprise lead to stun the hosts through Badru well taken freekick.
Adjumani Town Council went into the break with a surprise lead as Kitara ruined missed chances.
Kitara came back hungry in the second and in the 67th minute, Muhumuza restored parity to the cheers of the home crowd.
Mark Twinamatsiko’s side took the lead with eight minutes to the end of the game through Kaddu from the spot, after Badru handled the ball in the box and he was later shown red.
Kitara remain top of the table with 30 points after 14 matches while Adjumani Town Council drops to 15th with 12 points.
They will both return to action on Thursday 19th January for the final match of the first round.
Kitara will travel away to Kaaro Karungi at St George’s Arena while Adjumani Town Council will host Luweero United at Paridi Playground.
How they started
Kitara FC XI: Kiyimba Jamil (GK), Kyomuhendo Charles, Jasper Aheebwa, Dudu Ramathan, Owachgiu Maxwell, Paddy Muhumuza, Muber Erick, Moses Sseruyidde, Kisakye John, Ssali Davis, Patrick Kaddu.
Adjumani Town Council XI: Dafala Yunus, Basan Safi, Aweko Victor, Anyama Emmanuel, Ajiga Micheal, Obita Ivan, Issien Badru, Wandera Rogers, Mundashir Rashid, Komakech Joseph, Yikita Francis.