By: Swaibu Luyombya
Kirinya Jinja S. S put a hold on Vipers’ title celebrations with a spirited performance in a match played at the Kyabazinga stadium in Bugembe.
The home side started the contest on the front foot and in the 10th minute, Isma Kawawulo gave them a deserved early lead.
2 minutes later, Dan Serunkuma’s goal was cancelled through offside before forcing a wonderful save from Kirinya custodian Muhammad Didi in the 15 minute.
Moments later, Milton Karisa nearly leveled matters with a wonderful strike but Livingston Mulondo came to the hosts rescue.
Approaching the break, Moses Waiswa had a golden opportunity to equalise with only the goalkeeper to beat but the midfielder missed from 12 yards.
At halftime break Isma Kawawulo goal was the difference.
Enter the second half, Vipers tactician Miguel Da Costa introduced on Pius Wangi in the 46th minute for Duncan Seninde who had an horrible performance in the first period. Makon Landry who was on a yellow was withdrawn on the hosts side for Godfrey Akol in the 48th minute.
Fred Amaku and Faizal Muwawu both were guilty of missing several chances that could have extended the home side’s lead.
Kirinya had to pay for their missed chances as midfielder Moses Waiswa equalised for the visitors with a brilliant strike in the 57th minute capitalizing on poor clearance from Kirinya’s Ebode Bertrand.
Vipers also introduced on Shafik Bakaki for Nicholas Wadada and Brian Nkuubi for Dan Muzeyi Serunkuma. Kirinya also brought on Willy Macro for Ebode Bertrand and Anthony Mayanja for Joel Madondo.
Makon Landry was the only player to be cautioned following reckless play on Taddeo Lwanga in the first stanza.
Vipers stays top of the AUPL table with 59 points and five above second placed KCCA who have played a game less, whereas Kirinya consolidates their 5th position with 40 points.
Vipers next face off with relegation threatened side Express on 19th May at St. Mary’s Stadium Kitende while Kirinya will end their campaign away to Mbarara City on 25th May.