Eric Kambale netted from the spot as Express FC beat UPDF FC 1-0 at Wankulukuku Stadium on Saturday evening.
The inform striker calmly struck from 12 yards after Godfrey Lwesibawa was brought down by defender Bernard Muwanga in the the forbidden area in the 20th minute.
Brian Kayanja nearly leveled matters for the visitors at the stroke of halftime but his low effort hit the post.
Davis Kasirye who replaced Charles Ssebutinde in the second period also had a decent chance to equalise for UPDF but his effort went inches over the bar.
The army side were again without their head coach Kefa Kisala who was serving his last game of the club suspension. His assistant Ssaka Mpima was in the dugout.
The Red Eagles held on to their 8th home win and their fifth victory in their last six league matches.
Express FC stay third with 52 points garnered in 24 games only two below leaders URA FC while UPDF FC are 7th with 33 points.
Express FC will travel to Jinja on Tuesday to face Busoga United FC for their next game while UPDF host KCCA FC the following day.