Vipers SC dropped their first points of the season in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League, after playing to a 2-2 draw against Mbarara City, at the St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende, on Saturday evening.
Fahad Bayo scored twice in the second half but the Venoms could not hold on as Ibrahim Orit and Hillary Mukundane replied for Mbarara.
Vipers showed early intent, and Bayo thought he had put the Venoms ahead as he headed Allan kayiwa’s well timed cross, but his effort was cleared off the line by Mbarara skipper Mukundane.
Mbarara City scored the opening goal of the game after 26 minutes. Ibrahim Orit rose highest to nod home from Brian Ahebwa’s in-swinging cross at the near post.
Vipers were limited to few chances in attack, but in the 63rd minute, Rahmat Ssenfuka almost equalized but his effort from long range drew a brilliant save from Mbarara City’s custodian Mohamed Ssekeba.
Two minutes later, Bayo leveled matters with a brilliant solo effort. The forward picked up the ball with a brilliant turn, sprinting for more than 25 yards before slotting home past Sekeba.
Bayo was at it again, putting Vipers agead in the tie for te first time, nodding home the side’s second in the 81st minute, to draw wild celebrations from the home supporters with lub President Lawrence Mulindwa also getting off his seast.
But their joy was short lived however, as two minutes later, Skipper Hillary Mukundane grabbed a leveler for the Ankole lions.
The draw left Vipers SC fifth on the 16 team log with seven points albeit with two games in hand, while Mbarara City is now tenth with five points from five games.