Eric Kambale netted a brace as Express thumped Kitara FC 4-0 to confirm their relegation back to the FUFA Big League just after one season since gaining promotion to the top flight.
Arthur Kigguddu and Frank Kalanda were the other scorers on the day for the Red Eagles.
The defeat left the Hoima based side bottom of the 16-team Uganda Premier League table with 13 points from 26 games. They are 13 points behind Busoga United, who are 13th on 26 points with only four games to the end of the season.
Kitara started brightly and had the first chance of the game in the fourth minute, but Peter Lomolo missed from close range with Express goalkeeper Mathias Muwanga beaten.
Anthony Ssekitto’s charges paid for that miss through Kambale’s header in the seventh minute off defender Arthur Kiggundu’s cross from the left.
At the half-hour mark, Kambale turned provider for Kiggundu to score his second goal of the season and first since returning from a knee injury to hand the Red Eagles a 2-0 lead at halftime.
The game resumed at a low tempo, and it was until after the hour mark that the first chance of the second half was registered through substitute Ivan Mayanja.
A minute later, Kambale completed his brace before Frank Kalanda came off the bench to make it 4-0 in the 78th minute.
Kambale’s scoring form continues. He has now scored in the last six consecutive games taking his tally to 15 league goals, only one behind Vipers’ Yunus Ssentamu, who is on 16.
Kitara, who have lost 19 games so far – the most of any other side in the league – are joined by MYDA, who are on 14 points after losing 2-1 at home to Wakiso Giants as the first two teams to be relegated.
Meanwhile, Express who are unbeaten in their past seven matches extended their lead at the top of the UPL standings to two points. They are on 58 points, while second-placed Vipers are on 56.
Vipers edged Bright Stars 1-0 on the same day to go second, two points ahead of URA, who play UPDF on Sunday.
The league takes a seven-day break after matchday 26 for the Stanbic Uganda Cup where Express face rivals KCCA FC on Tuesday.
Kitara returns to action on June 18, with a home game against KCCA FC.