Sinan RAJUB SENOGA
SC Villa came from a goal down to defeat derby rivals Express FC 2-1 in a rescheduled fixture played at Wankulukuku.
Alpha Thierry Ssali scored for Express but his strike was not enough as Patrick Jonah Kakande and Umar Lutalo scored for the Jogoos.
Newly appointed Express coach Alex Isabirye was present but it was Hassan Mubiru who stood in the dug out in a role he assumed on an interim basis.
The game that had a delayed kick-off due to insufficient security saw Express take an early lead through Ssali in the 15th minute.
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Ssali’s goal bound shot took a slight deflection off Arnold Odong to beat Villa goalkeeper Norman Angufindru.
Villa fought back through Kakande who equalized from a seemingly offside position following a beautiful exchange of well knit passes with Ivan Bogere, Ronald Ssekiganda, Lutalo and Hakim Kiwanuka in the 34th minute.
The Jogoos kicked off the second period with more intent and had two clear cut chances through Bogere and Lutalo but they were not accurate enough to find target.
The match winning moment came at the hour mark as Villa were awarded a penalty after Ssekiganda was brought down substitute Abbey Muwanguzi.
Lutalo stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way to give Villa a deserved lead.
The victory took Villa to 16 points from 10 games but remained 6th place while Express remained on 13 points from the same number of games.
The Red Eagles will take on Kitara FC in their next league encounter in Masindi on Tuesday 12th December while Villa will host Gaddafi a day later.