Dan Sserunkuma, Yunus Sentamu and Willa Paul strikes ended Sports Club Villa’s dominance at the St Mary’s Stadium as Vipers Sports Club reclaimed the Uganda Premier League summit.
The Jogoos had walked away from Kitende with successive victories in their previous two visits only to be stunned 3-0 on their third attempt on Wednesday evening.
The reigning champions were the early pacesetters with their efforts eventually paying off in the eighth min thanks to dreadlocked forward Sserunkuma.
Goalkeeper Meddie Kibirige poorly cleared away an initial attempt from the Venoms before the ball fell to Abdu Karim Watambala on the edge of the box. The midfielder brilliantly controlled the ball and set up Sserukuma who extended the hosts’ lead.
Two minutes later, Vipers doubled the advantage when Yunus Sentamu made a clinical tap in thanks to an interplay between Disan Galiwango and first goal scorer Sserunkuma.
In their bid to make amends upfront, SC Villa that trailed 2-0 at halftime, introduced Salim Abdallah for Nicholas Kabonge. A few minutes after, Faizo Kazibwe and Goffin Oyirwoth replaced Ronald Olaki and Andrew Kiwanuka respectively.
The Jogoos then dominated proceedings as Ronald Sekiganda attempt off substitute Salim rattled the cross bar.
After 79 minutesnof play, Vipers gained the numerical advantage when SC Villa’s Joseph Nsubuga was sent off by center referee Ssali Mashood for a reckless tackle on Allan Kayiwa.
With ten players left on the pitch, the Jogoos faced the full venom of Vipers as Paul Willa put the game to bed. The roving right back raced onto Ibrahim Orit’s defense spitting pass to send a stunning shot into the top left-hand corner.
Vipers now reclaim the top spot on 30 points, going level with URA FC but the former has a superior goal difference. SC Villa remains 8th with 19 points after match day 13.
Vipers SC will next play away to close competitors URA FC in Bombo while SC Villa hosts Onduparaka FC at Bombo barracks playground.
Fabien Mutombora (GK), Paul Willa, Disan Galiwango, Rashid Toha, Halid Lwaliwa, Siraje Ssentamu, Karim Watambala, David Bagoole, Ibrahim Orit, Dan Sserunkuma, Yunus Ssentamu
Meddie Kibirige (GK), Fred Agandu, Andrew Kiwanuka, Joseph Nsubuga, Emmanuel Wasswa, Amir Kakomo, Ronald Ssekiganda, Muhammad Ssenoga, Nicholas Kabonge, Ronald Olaki, Derrick Ndahiro
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