Vipers SC kept their chances of winning the 2019/2020 StarTimes Uganda Premier title alive with a 2-1 win over BUL on Tuesday at St Mary’s Kitende.
Two quickfire goals by Frank ‘Zaga’ Tumwesigye and Allan Kayiwa were enough to help the three-time champions Vipers ascend to the summit of the 16 team log.
Before the tie, BUL were log leaders on 19 points two ahead of Vipers, the latter wasn’t going to let the opportunity slip out of their hands at their own backyard.
It’s the hosts that went ahead in the 25th minute, through Zaga who headed home Bobos Byaruhanga’s corner untroubled. The attacking midfielder rose highest at the near post to nod home the opening goal of the game from Bobosi Byaruhanga’s corner kick.
Two minutes later, Vipers doubled their advantage as Allan Kayiwa’s freekick from the edge of the box found the back of the net, after it took a huge deflection from a player in the wall, with goalkeeper Abdu Kimera caught wrong-footed.
BUL pulled one back through Deogratius Ojok in the 29th minute, heading home James Otim’s pitch-perfect in-swinging cross, to set up a nervous second half.
There was no more action to report about as the opening half came to a close, as either side continued to nullify each other and fail to gain dominance in the midfield.
At the resumption of the second stanza, the visitors had a couple of opportunities to level matters but Paul Willa’s last-ditch tackle was on cue to deny Robert Mukongotya who was through on goal. Moments later, Richard Wandyaka failed to find the target in what was their best chance of the game.
Vipers quest for more goals was becoming futile as BUL pressed for an equalizer. On the hour mark, the Vipers faithful welcomed back defender Geofrey Wasswa after over six months out with injury, as he came on to replace Zaga.
The half offered little as Vipers concentrated more on consolidating their lead in a game that offered nothing beyond the goals.
In the 68th minute, substitute Brian Kalumba failed to capitalize on a good chance after he was played through on goal by a long ball, as he placed his effort over the bar.
BUL kept up the pressure in search for an equalizer but in vain as Vipers sunk deeper and deeper into their own half to protect their advantage.
The win though will be a big boost for the Kitende side ahead of their Saturday visit to Onduparaka in Arua.
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