SINAN RAJUB SENOGA
Express FC 1-0 BUL FC
Brian Umony’s early goal was enough to see off BUL FC and send Express to this year’s Stanbic Uganda Cup semi finals.
The Uganda Cranes striker tucked home the winner from close range in the second minute of the game following a wonderful spadework of Frank Zaga Tumwesigye.
The subsequent proceedings saw limited chances created on either halves with BUL’s goalkeeper Hannington Ssebwalunyo the less bothered.
At the recess, BUL FC head coach Peter Onen was at fault for bringing on Abdul Mayanja for Joshua Lubwama Letti in a defender for a midfielder substitution a move that paid no yields as far searching for a leveller was concerned.
Five minutes later, Mayanja was booked for foul play on Lawrence Kigonya “Pantaleo”.
George Ssemwogerere threw in Tony Odur for Kayiwa, Davies Mayanja for the limping Zaga and later Pius Mbidde for Disan Galiwango.
Express’ mercurial winger Mike Birungi was also booked for time wasting soon after the introduction of Mbidde.
BUL kept troubling the home side but their most clear chances fell to Pierre Kambale Muhindo and Yunus Sibira who opted to shooting from a distance but couldn’t beat Mathias Muwanga.
Onen introduced Ezekiel Katende for Umar Mukobe in a substitution that saw Abdul Mayanja shift to the right back position.
Express had their chances fall to left footed midfielder Davies Mayanja who failed to shoot from close range on two occasions.
The hard-drilled win sends Express to the semi finals joining Bright Stars and Kyetume who already qualified on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
BUL FC assistant coach Hussein Keri conceded defeated but lamented on time wasting by their opponents.
” We accept defeat, we lost honourably only that the game was interrupted by incessant stoppages by the Express players. I feel we were cheated because the players were always wasting time and the referee added only four minutes”
Keri said briefly in a post match interview.
Vipers will tussle it out with Proline on Tuesday at Lugogo for the fourth and final slot of the semi finals.
Express FC XI;
Muwanga, Musoke, Kiggundu, Mutanga, Revita, Galiwango (Mbidde), Kigonya, Zaga Tumwesigye (Mayanja), Kayiwa (Odur), Umony, Birungi
BUL FC XI;
Ssebwalunyo, Mukobe (Katende), Matovu, Kulaba, Otong, Sembuya, Sibira, Lubwama (Mayanja), Kambale, Otim, Owori