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Mike Mutyaba @ SS com

Doca own goal rescues Vipers

A Musa Doca own goal denied SC Villa all three points as Vipers stretched their unbeaten start to the Uganda Premier League (UPL) season to 13 games.

Erisa Ssekisambu had put Villa ahead on 55 minutes before Doca turned the ball into his own net eight minutes from time.

The 1-1 draw played out at Vipers’ home ground in Buikwe on Tuesday leaves the hosts top with 31 points while SC Villa fall one down to third on 27.

Villa enjoyed a better first half but with no cutting edge, only striker Karim Ndugwa coming closet when he struck the upright.

The two sides failed to make any inroads in the first period but it was the visitors who drew first blood, Ssekisambi beating Vipers goalkeeper Ismail Watenga on 55 minutes.

And they should have got a penalty had referee Donney Robert punished Nicholas Wadada’s foul on Villa’s striker Victor Emenayo.

“I’m not happy with the referee,” said Villa coach Sam Ssimbwa, adding, “He made sure we didn't win.

“First with Emenayo decision, then freekick that led to goal. But with the chances we had we should have scored more.”

That the referee ignored that incident will have incensed Villa more eight minutes from time when Vipers’ sustained pressure saw Doca turn the ball into his own net from a free kick to level scores.

“The referee was poor,” admitted Edward Golola, the vipers coach, adding, “He favoured Villa in the first half, then he seemed to change in the second. But they have off days.”

On his side’s display, Golola said: “We gave Villa too much respect but we played better in second half.”







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