In rather unpredictable circumstances, URA FC went to the St. Mary’s Stadium and put up quite a show. Sam Ssimbwa’s side showed no respect for the defending champions as they played with an authority antonymous of them.
It was a feisty opening quarter an hour to the game as both teams came off the blocks flying. Vipers as usual were at it again with dominating and dictating play as they tried to manoeuvre away around a solid URA backline that included the likes of Muliki, Waibi, Mbowa and Nyakoojo.
But most lively of the URA rearguard was ex-Vipers custodian, James Alitho. He commanded his line very well and asserted his authority on many of the aerial balls and was very vocal too. Something that helped him build the much needed chemistry with his already performing defenders.
In the other half of the pitch, URA front man, who was later voted Pilsner Man of the Match, Joachim Ojera was a constant menace to Vipers’ dou, Katongole and Livingstone Mulondo with his pace.
Ojera kept working the channels of space between the centre backs, at times dropping into the pockets of space behind Taddeo Lwanga leaving him untraced.
This kind of mobility kept drawing Lwanga into committing himself this earned himself a booking as early as the 21st minute.
This meant Vipers lost the thrust of their captain as he had to play three quarters of the game with so much caution. Something that had huge ramifications on Vipers defensively.
Goals from Shafiq Kagimu and Victor Kilama in the 24th and 62nd minute respectively consigned Vipers’ to their second defeat at home in as many matches.
Hamis Kizza Diego pulled one back from 12 yards but that’s couldn’t help Vipers salvage a point as they tried to keep their title hopes alive.
This means that they still trail table leaders KCCA FC with six points albeit having played a game more than the Lugogo based side.
This 1-2 reverse means Vipers shall be licking their wounds all the way into the night as they know they’ve all but certainly handed the title to KCCA on a platter.
Of course KCCA on their part still have a game to play on Saturday against Express but you wouldn’t really bet against them bottling it to George Ssemwogerere’s struggling side.
For URA, this win means they move to within 4 points of second placed Vipers with 46 points on the log. They also retain their impressive record at the St. Mary’s Stadium having won their with the same scoreline last season.