Vipers SC continued with their perfect run with a 3-1 victory away to rivals SC Villa in a game played at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.
The home side had spent over 180 minutes without scoring made the perfect in the 27th minute as veteran Habib Kavuma rose highest to node Villa into the lead.
Villa continued to press through the left flank with Joseph Ssemujju causing serious threat to former teammate Bashir Asiku but his final ball let him down.
In the final 15 minutes of the first period, the visitors started to probe for the equaliser and were rewarded in the 42nd minute when Dan Sserunkuma cut inside to find the bottom corner to score his second of the campaign. At halftime the scores were level, though Villa was the dominant side in the opening stanza.
Two minutes after the recess, Abraham Ndugwa introduced himself to the Vipers faithfuls with a brilliant magical scorpion kick goal to put his side in the lead for the first time in the game. Ndugwa was making his first competitive debut since his move from Masavu, the forward missed the previous three games as he was awaiting clearance from FUFA.
Moses Waiswa stretched Vipers’ lead with a sumptuous free kick to beat Villa custodian Yusuf Wasswa in the 50th minute.
Espinoza’s side played 21 minutes with a man less after referee William Oloya sent off skipper Tadeo Lwanga for a dangerous tackle on Albert Mugisha in the 69th minute.
Vipers duo of Bashir Asiku and Geoffrey Wasswa was booked for reckless play while Joseph Ssemujju was the only player to go into the referee’s book on the hosts side.
Basena introduced on veteran Mike Sserumaga and Ibrahim Mugulusi for Ambrose Kirya and Ajab Abdul Rahman respectively
Vipers withdrew the trio of Bashir Asiku, Abraham Ndugwa and Dan Sserunkuma for Halid Lwaliwa, Rahmat Ssenfuka and Tito Okello.
This was Vipers’ 6th win over SC Villa in the previous 10 league games, only lost twice and drawn 2. The result also sees them leapfrog KCCA FC at the summit with 12 points accumulated in 4 games.
With their rivals in sailing momentum, Villa stays winless this season having lost twice and drawn 2 in the four games they have played. Basena’s side currently seat second from the bottom on the log of 16 teams with 2 points garnered.
SC Villa next host URA FC on Tuesday 30th October at Mandela National Stadium in Namboole whereas the Venoms visit Kirinya Jinja SS FC on the same day.
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