Brian Majwega’s 74th effort from 12 yards was enough for Maroons to acquire an important away win in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League game played on Friday evening at Namboole.
Maroons defeated URA 1-0 to get some breathing space and relief away from the relegation zone.
After a boring first half, Maroons were largely the better side as they piled pressure but always lacked the cutting edge in the final third.
It was an end to end tie, URA the hungrier of the two sides, but Maroons will have custodian Emmanuel Akol to thank.
He pulled off not one, not two but close to three match winning saves. He was voted the Pilsner man of the match.
Said Kyeyune almost scored direct from the corner in the 56th minute but Akol was in the right position to make a spectacular save, before saving Charles Sempa’s rebounder and curler within a second.
Akol was at it again later four minutes later this time he saved Matthew Odongo Tayo’s one on one shot.
Sempa almost broke the deadlock for the home team in 70th with a well directed header, but Akol was in a right position to save his team.
Tabled turned and Maroons started pilling pressure on their hosts, that pressure forced URA skipper Paul Patrick Mbowa to handle the ball in the forbidden area.
There was no debate on who should take it as Majwega stepped and gave no chance to Alionzi Avian as the Majwega’s powerful shot found the back of the net.
The goal rejuvenated Maroons, they kept on forcing their way through URA’s defense but faltered when it mattered most.
The loss was URA’s second this season the first was against KCCA FC at the same venue in the first round.
The win lifted Maroons up to the 12th position with 18 points, while URA FC remained fourth with 28 points from 18 outings.
At Kakyeka, Mbarara City took the bragging rights of the Mbarara derby with a convincing 3-0 win over Nyamityobora Football Club.
South Sudan international Makueth Wol set the ball rolling in the second minute before Paul Mucureezi doubled their lead in the 26th minute. Jude Ssemugabi put the result beyond reach in the 71st minute.
The result asserts Mbarara’s status in third place with 35 points, Nyamityobora stay 14th on 12 points with 12 rounds to go.