Patrick Kakande’s first-half strike was enough to give SC Villa a 1-0 win against Maroons FC in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League on Sunday.
The narrow win at Akii Bua Stadium was the first in three games after losing the last two on the bounce.
Maroons kicked off the game on the front foot with quick attacks but, Villa’s backline was equal to the challenge.
In the 12th minute, Kakande left the whole of the Maroons’ defence on the floor, before he shot past Emmanuel Akol to give the hosts a lead.
The guests nearly levelled it right away, but Denis Orombi’s shot was blocked by Charles Bbaale before it went on goal.
Kakande had a chance to seal his brace but he tapped wide Bbaale’s well-swung in cross from the right flank.
On the return of the second stanza, Umar Lutalo nearly extended Villa’s lead after beating the goalkeeper, but Belmos Opio cleared it off the line.
In the 50th minute, Kenneth Semakula was sent off after denying a goal-scoring opportunity.
But, Meddie Kibirige stepped up to deny Fred Amaku from the spot.
Right from that moment, the visitors were in attack but the result hardly changed.
The result sends the Jogoo in the 5th with 17 points while Maroons sit 11th on the 15-teamed log.
In the next games, SC Villa will play against Blacks Power on while Maroons will host Gaddafi FC on Wednesday December 12.
How they lined up:
SC Villa XI: Meddie Kibirige (Gk), Fred Agandu, Hassan Musana, Gift Fred, Kenneth Semakula, Pistis Barenge, Ivan Sserubiri, Patrick Kakande, Sheif Batte, Umar Lutalo, Charles Bbaale
Substitutes: Martin Elungat (Gk), Edward Masembe, Muhammed Nsereko, Frank Kalule, Travis Mutyaba, Ivan Bogere, Joseph Kafumbe
Maroons FC XI: Emmanuel Akol (Gk), Jacob Okao, Belmos Opio, Ceasar Olega, Godwin Kitagenda, Hadadi Kambugu, Isaac Mpagi, Fredrick Kigozi, Ronald Orombi, Fred Amaku, Felix Okot
Substitutes: Simon Tamale, Brian Nkuubi, Patrick Bayiga, Innocent Biyika, Edward Kabona, Norman Odopio