Express Football Club got back to winning ways after defeating 10-man Paidha Black Angels at the Muteesa II Stadium in Wankulukuku.
The win was also coach George Ssemwogere’s first one at home since he took over at the club while his opposite number, Anthony Ssekitto was taking charge of his first game for visitors Paidha.
It was a quiet affair for the opening half hour but the visitors looked the better side in terms of possession as they dictated play and looked comfortable going forward.
Paidha were drawn a huge blow with five minutes to half time to play as they were reduced to 10 men after defender and Captain Pascal Isara was sent off in unclear circumstances for a second bookable offence.
However, despite the numerical disadvantage, Paidha could have gone into the break with the lead but were let down by their poor finishing after some horrific defending by Express but Yusuf Ssozi and Jackson Nsubuga failed to capitalise.
With sections of The Red Army growing disgruntled with the performance of their team, they turned on head coach Ssemwogerere with calls for his sacking.
Ssemwogerere acted with almost an hour played as he introduced Micheal Birungi for the inefficient Mubarak Nsubuga before Tony Odur was sent on for the injured Ibrahim Kayiwa.
The Red Eagles suddenly became better especially on the offence. Disan Galiwango was brought down in the area after some clever play down the left and referee Muhamad Kiweewa pointed to the spot. Odur stepped up and made no mistake from 12 yards as Express went ahead.
Birungi put the contest to bed with a sublime long range effort from 20 yards out for Express’ first win in five games.
Ssemwogerere said after the match that he was happy for the fighting spirit exhibited by his players.
It is always good to win, especially at home. I am happy for the players who fought and gave their best. In football, ball possession does not matter but what matters most at the end of the day are the goals you score and final result.
Express climb to 10th on the log while Paidha’s top flight campaign is all but over as they remain rooted to the bottom with just 12 points. Express host rivals Sc villa while Paidha host KCCA at Bar Okoro stadium in Zombo.
Meanwhile in Jinja, Kirinya Jinja SS were 2-1 victors over Bright Stars at the mighty Arena. Goals from Joel Madondo for the home team ensured they picked up their first victory in hostory over the Stars.
Brights Stars slip down to 11th on thelog ahead of their visit to URA while Kirinya remain seventh ahead of the Jinja derby against BUL Bidco.