Micheal Ouma’s side bounced back from two draws against URA FC and Mbarara city FC to win at home against Aggressive Kirinya Jinja SS .
STARTIMES UGANDA PREMIER LEAGUE
Vipers 1-0 Kirinya Jinja SS
(Titto Okello 39 min)
Sports club Vipers eased past Kirinya Jinja SS on friday to close the gap at the top of Startimes uganda premier league table to three points
Before this game Vipers were coming back from two consecutive draws of their rescheduled matches against URA FC and Mbarara city FC.This time Vipers wanted to set the tone early when Innocent Wafula pounced on a loose ball in the 10th minute only to be denied by Kirinya’s Intelligent Allan Drajua.
With 20 minutes played Joel Madondo had his efforts from a teasing header saved by Fabien Mutombora and later booked for his late challenge on vipers goalkeeper .
Vipers kept on knocking on school boys door but Interim boss Abby Kikomeko boys looked solid at the back within the first quarter of the game.
With 6 minutes left for referee Brian Miiro Nsubuga to blow the whistle for halftime , Vipers broke the dreadlock when Titto Okello tapped in a sensational cross from Abram Ndugwa after a good build up by Innocent Wafula.
Two minutes into the second half Kikomeko replaced Dan Ssewava with young energetic Fred Amaku .On the other hand Vipers repried by introducing Rahmat Senfuka for goal scorer Titto Okello.
And Kirinya’s only chance came with only 20 minutes left play when Mutombora misjudged a corner kick only to be saved by Man of Match Livingston Mulondo who cleared the ball off the line.
In the 85th minute ,pressure to bag three points kept on mounting on the kitende side and they found themselves in a heated brawl and Wafula appearered to headbut Isma Kawawulo and but the referee wasn’t close to see the incident and instead dished out a yellow card to former Gor Mahia attacking midfielder .
Four minutes later Vipers defender Ibrahim Kiyemba received matching orders after a second yellow card for time wasting . The venoms held their nerve to see out the game .
Vipers now trail Startimes table leaders KCCA by 3 points . KCCA sits at the summit of the Startimes uganda premier league table with 37 points from 16 matches and Vipers comes second with 34 points.
Vipers; Mutombora F, Kiyemba, Mulondo, Lwaliwa,G Waswa, Lwanga(captain), I Wafula,Ndugwa,M Waiswa, Dan Sserunkuma.
Kirinya Jinja ss; Rubangakene (gk),Drajua A, I Kawawulo, Willy Makuro, D Muganga, Nelson Mandela,Kasonko (captain) ,Bagoole, Madondo,A Mayanja, D Ssewava.