AUPL : Maroons hold leaders SC Villa to draw the title race wide open

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By: David Gombe

Maroons picked a priceless point away to table leaders Sc Villa after a barren stalemate at Masaka recreation grounds. The result also ends SC Villa’s 100% home record this season.

The visitors looked the better side in the first 45 minutes dominating possession but failing to find the break through. Despite Maroons’ dominance Sc Villa’s George Ssenkaba however had the best chance of the half when his powerful header off a quality cross from Allan Kyambadde kissed the post in the 43rd minute.

Into the second half the home side made an early change with debutant Davis Kasirye who had little of an impact on the game replacing Godfrey Lwesibawa.

In the 58th minute George Ssenkaba failed to tap in on a rebound after a wonderful save from Maroons goalkeeper Ashadu Bugembe following a Allan Kyambadde shot.

SC Villa tactician Wasswa Bbosa also introduced on Ambrose Kirya and Simon Sserunkuma for Abel Eturude and John Adriko respectively.

Daniel Kitagenda and Patrick Gonahasa came on for Maroons side in the closing stages in places of Ivan Wani and Pius Obuya.

With three minutes to the 90 Patrick Gonahasa nearly sealed all three points for the visitors minutes after his introduction only failing to hit the target after a mistake from Sc Villa custodian Samson Kirya.

Sc Villa’s Henry Katongole and John were all booked for reckless play on Maroons winger Sydney Chika while Ronald Orombi was the only player to go into the referee’s book on Maroons side after dangerous play on Martin Kizza.

The result means that Wasswa Boss’s mean have for the first time this season failed to pick maximum points in their own yard and their lead at the top has been reduced by 2 points.

Sc Villa now face a trip to Lugogo against arch rivals and fellow title contenders KCCA Fc on Thursday 15th February 2018 while Maroons will host Masavu Fc at Luzira Prisons on Tuesday 13th of this month.

Sc Villa stays top on the Azam Uganda Premier league log with 33 points accumulated in 16 games whereas the prisons side sits 6th on 22 points.

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