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Review: SC Villa conquer Onduparaka in Arua

SC Villa were the first side to pick up a victory at the Greenlight Stadium, they again made history, becoming the first side to win two games at the stadium, after they picked up a comprehensive 3-1 victory over an utterly disappointing Onduparaka.

That ambition was clear from the start, as Villa went all out and looking dominant in the opening exchanges of the game. In the fifth minute, Emmanuel Kalyowa put the visitors ahead cementing their dominance on the game.

The midfielder’s late run into the area was not picked up by any defenders allowing him to head home Ibrahim Kibumba’s cross.

Five minutes later, Villa doubled their lead, Faisal Muwawu capitalised on a mix up between defender Dudu Ramadhan and goalkeeper Yusuf Wasswa.

For almost the entirety of the opening 45 minutes, it’s the visitors who kept probing and asking all kinds of questions of their hosts who laboured to keep up the pace with their rivals.

Kalyowa was presented with a golden chance to put the game almost out of Onduparaka’s reach, but his lobbed effort failed to get the better of Wasswa who reacted well off his line to initially deny the midfielder, before gathering the ball well.

The caterpillars had a rare opportunity to at least get a goal back in the 35th minute but Rajab Kakooza placed his effort well off target.

At the resumption of the second half, Onduparaka coach Livingstone Mbabazi reacted, calling for a double substitution, bringing on Joel Jangeyambe and Adinho Gibson for Gadaffi Wahab and Malish Jamal

The substitutions gave the caterpillars more impetus and direction in attack as they kept up the search for at least a point.

Onduparaka’s period of dominance paid dividends in the 66th minute, substitute Joel Jangeyambe cleverly combining with Julius Malingumu, with the latter powering home his effort past Saidi Keni.

The caterpillars kept up their search for a leveller and came close a couple of times. They also had a penalty appeal waved away by the referee, as Malingumu’s shot seemed to have struck captain Asuman Harishe’s arm.

In added time, Villa sealed all three points against the run of play. Kalyowa’s through ball looked to have been covered by Dudu, but the defender’s pass back to the goalkeeper was weak, allowing Fahad Badiro to race through on goal and surely seal victory.

The victory means Villa stay third, but close the gap on second placed BUL FC to just two points, as they stretch their unbeaten run to thirteen games.

Onduparaka on the other hand pick up their sixth loss of the season, and second home loss of the campaign. But they remain fourth on the log, with 23 points.

Onduparaka XI: Yusuf Wasswa, G Atendele, R. Ayiko, Rashid Mohammad, Ramadhan Dudu, I. Faizul, Gadaffi Wahab, Rajab Kakooza, Jamal Malish, Julius Malingumu, Vitalis Tabu

SC Villa XI: Saidi Keni, Ibrahim Kibumba, Derrick Ndahiro, Asuman Harishe, Kiggundu Moses, David Owori, Emmanuel Kalyoowa, Ambrose Kirya, Nicholas Kabonge, Lincoln Mukisa, Faisal Muwawu

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