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Review: Vipers continue unbeaten run after massive victory over unlucky Police

Kayiwa in action for Vipers on his debut against Bright stars in the Uganda Premier League at Wankulukuk / Courtesy photo

SC Vipers continued their unbeaten start to the 2019/2020 season, after picking up a massive 3-1 victory over Police FC, at the Star Times stadium, Lugogo, today evening. 

Police started the better side, bossing a better share of possesion inside the opening 15 minutes of the game, and came close but not as close to inflict any real damage on Vipers. 

But the Venoms managed to wither past Police’s early storm, and grew more into the game causing some nervous moments at the other end. In the 19th minute, Fahad Bayo failed to connect with Allan Kayiwa’s low cross. 

The visitors kept up the pressure and three minutes later, Paul Willa drew a fine save from Hillary Jomi from his long range effort. 

The Cops who were the better side, finally gound the break through in the 27th minute, through Hood Kaweesa who scored his first goal for the club, superbly heading in Yusuf Sozi’s pin perfect cross down the left. 

Vipers found the leveler in the game and in such awkward fashion. A seemingly poor and awful shot from range from Willa creeped just inside the post, with Jomi leaving it in anticipation of a goal kick. 

At the stroke of half time, Vipers went ahead in the game for the first time through captain Halid Lwaliwa’s header from AbdulKarim Watambala’s header. 

At the restart of the second half, Police coach responded by subbing off Jomi for Davis Mutebi. 

Police were unlucky not to level matters in the 48th minute. Sozi’s mazing run through midfield picked up Samson Kigozi, with the latter played through on goal. But his shot was well kept out by Fabien Mutombora, with Sozi’s rebound cleared off the line by Lwaliwa. 

At the hour mark, Vipers had Mutombora to thank after his double save again denied the Cops. Sozi again was the tormentor, before picking out Arafat Galiwango. The left back’s cross picked out Pius Wangi whose shot was saved by the keeper, before he recovered well to deny Kigozi for the second time. 

In the 65th minute, Police had a genuine penalty claim turned away by the referee, after Pius Kaggwa was brought down by Aziz Kayondo. 

Watambala all but surely won all the points for his side in the 80th minute, after a long ball caught out Police’s backline with the youngster racing cleanly through on goal before slotting past Mutebi. 

Vipers climb to third on the log, with 13 points from five games so far, two points and games  behind leaders BUL. Police remain 15th on the 16 team log with just 2 points from six games. 

The Cops travel to Jinja on Saturday to face Busoga United at the Mighty Arena, Jinja while Vipers host rivals Express FC at the St. Mary’s stadium, Kitende. 

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