Maroons claw back to share spoils with Express

By Peter Tabu

Maroons FC fought back to claim a point against Express FC in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League game played on Thursday at Prisons Grounds Luzira.

Tony Odur opened the scoring for Express in the 44th minute before Ronald Orombi made amends with his equalizer in the 73rd minute. 

The first period was littered with missed chances, Herman Wasswa came close for Maroons but headed wide after ten minutes.

Eleven minutes later Eric Kambale sent his shot over the bar from a very good shooting position as Express searched for breakthrough.

Express were dominating the game at this point and their best chance to take the lead was in the 24th minute when Badru Nsubuga found himself one on one with Emmanuel Akol. 

Only for the Maroons shot stopper to make a brilliant save, he stayed on the floor for treatment.

The pressure would pay off eventually when Eric Kambale’s shot hit the cross bar and returned into play finding an unmarked  Odur who tapped home with one minute to half time.

After the break, Maroons looked rejuvenated, they threatened to level matters although Express defender John Revita intercepted most of their attacks.

With sixteen minutes on the clock, the home side got a freekick outside the 18 yard area.

Brian Majwega stepped up, his effort hit the bar finding a free spaced Orombi who smacked it home to send the home crowd into wild cheers. 

It was also Orombi’s second straight strike this season. Maroons coach Nsimbe George Best was happy with the point.

“A point is ok but our defence was not at it’s best and we didn’t keep the ball in the first half” Nsimbe said in the post match interview.

Nsimbe believes his team has now adopted his philosophy and in the second round they surely should have a top eight finish.

“The boys have adopted my philosophy now and I believe in the second round we should be able to make the top 8 finish” He added.

His counterpart Kefa Kisaala said they didn’t convert their chances although it’s still a good result considering they had come off a win in their previous game.

“We didn’t convert our chances but we take the result considering we had won previously” Kisaala added.

The draw pushes Express two spots up  to 7th spot on 20 points while Maroons sit 12th on 14 points.

Elsewhere, Nyamityobora and Paidha Black Angles played out a goalless draw in Mbarara, not a good result for both sides struggling to avoid the drop.

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