KAMPALA- Record winners SC Villa buried their opening day travails to dispatch Mbarara City 3-1 at Namboole on Wednesday night as they picked their first win of the 2020/19 StarTimes Uganda Premier League (SUPL) season.
David Owori, Emmanuel Kalyowa and Ambrose Kirya scored Villa’s goals while Brian Aheebwa got the visitors consolation.
At Lugogo, Edrisa Lubega came off the bench to win it for Proline as coach Matia Lule’s boys earned their first three points of the season with a 1-0 victory over Onduparaka.
Elsewhere, Deogracious Ojok got his second goal in as many matches and Walter Ochora added another as Bul claimed their second successive victory in the win over Police.
But more relief will have been felt at Namboole as Villa played their successive night game.
Having lost 1-0 to Kyetume in their opening match, coach Edward Kaziba and his men were under pressure against a Mbarara team fresh from dispatching Proline 3-0.
The Jogoos, 16-time league winners, had come into their previous match with only three substitutes because of player licensing issues. On Wednesday night, Kaziba had his full army.
By the 20th minute, Kirya had hit the side-netting and Owori rattled the crossbar. Bashir Mutanda also hit the upright from a freekick before Mbarara’s only realistic chance thus far fell to Ibrahim Oriti, who missed from close range.
But Villa’s pressure soon paid off, Owori punishing Mbarara and Steven Othieno on 33 minutes after the visitor’s defender gave away possession.
Villa kept pushing and two minutes later they were 2-0 up, Kalyowa finishing off Ibrahim Kibumba’s pass for a healthy half time lead.
Mbarara pulled one back on 72 minutes when Ivan Eyam crafted for Aheebwa, but Villa dismissed any comeback hopes for the guests, Kirya putting away Mutanda’s assist with 15 minutes to go. The win lifts Villa to seventh on three points. Mbarara are in fifth.
SC Villa 3-1 Mbarara City
Proline 1-0 Onduparaka
Police 0-2 Bul