Ronald Ssekiganda’s last-gasp header grabbed a draw for SC Villa and a vital away goal in their 1-1 draw with Vipers SC in the Stanbic Uganda Cup quarterfinal first leg at St.Mary’s Stadium in Kitende.
Second half substitute Lawrence Tezikya had given the hosts the lead in the 79th minute heading home a Bobosi Byaruhanga perfect cross.
In the first period, SC Villa custodian Martin Ssenkooto twice denied Ceasar Manzoki.
Byaruhanga also came close to firing the home side early into the contest but his effort from the corner kick kissed the Woodwork.
Geoffrey Wasswa who was making a return to his former paymasters also cleared off the line a Manzoki effort.
Earlier in the second period, midfielder Karim Watambala’s powerful shot was well dealt with by Villa young custodian Ssenkooto.
With the game seeming to end into a goalless draw, Tezikya who replaced Manzoki headed the home side into the lead.
Ssekiganda levelled matters in the third minute of added time with a powerful header off a Olaki qualify cross.
The result sees Villa take a slim advantage and a goalless draw will be enough to send them into the semifinals.
Vipers have now gone five games without registering a win a home in all competitions.
The two sides will face off again in the second leg on Wednesday, June 2nd at Bombo Military Barracks Stadium.
Vipers SC XI:
Bashir Ssekagya (GK), Paul Willa, Aziz Kayondo, Livingstone Mulondo, Halid Lwaliwa, Siraje Ssentamu, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Karim Watambala, Ibrahim Orit, Ceaser Manzoki, Yunus Ssentamu.
SC Villa XI:
Martin Ssenkooto (GK), Joseph Nsubuga, Derrick Ndahiro, Gavin Kizito, Geoffrey Wasswa, Amir Kakomo, Ronald Ssekiganda, Saddam Masereka, Mohammed Ssenoga, Nicholas Kabonge, Julius Ogwang.