By Jimmy Patrick Alunyo
SC Villa today hosted Vipers football Club in the opening game of the Stanbic Uganda Cup quarter-final tie, and it ended 1-1 between them, leaving everything to play for in the second leg.
A goal apiece from Lawrence Tezikya and Ronald Ssekiganda ensured that the two finished their opening day 1-1 today with the prospect of the tie most likely to be decided on Tuesday next week when they play the return leg in Bombo.
In the first period today, Vipers Football Club started the game on a high spirit causing SC Villa all sorts of defensive problems, with the most noticeable being Halid Lwaliwa’s cheeky backheel that directed Paul Willa carpet shot out of play in the 20 minutes. Five minutes later, SC Villa goalkeeper Dickson Martin Senkooto needed a good stretch to outplay a teasing cross crafted by Ibrahim Orit for a corner kick. But despite Venom’s notorious pressing, the first period ended goalless between the two sides.
After 15 minutes of the halftime break, play returned and it was Vipers who responded swiftly by making a double change on the hour mark. Winger Milton Karisa and Lawrence Tezikya were introduced in place of Ibrahim Orit and Ceaser Manzoki respectively. With Vipers taking the game to SC Villa for most of the game, Villa needed to respond also by making some substitutions. They then made their first change by bringing in Faizo Kazibwe in the place of Isaac Ogwang Falcao to try and add some attacking impetus in the game.
With the two teams defending each other’s attacking threat and keeping the game goalless for the most part, the breakthrough moment came in the 79th minute when Tezikya headed in Kayondo’s cross past the SC Villa goalkeeper to put Vipers 1-0 up in the game.
After going 1-0 down Villa needed more reinforcements and they had to throw in Olaki in the game to try and square something from the game. Olaki’s introduction made an impact instantly as his cross from the right was met by Ssekiganda, who notched it past Vipers goalkeeper Bashir Ssekagya for their equalizer.
Ronald Ssekiganda’s goal then cancels Venom’s goal scored by Lawrence Tezikya and now the tie between the two sides will be decided next week as they again face each other in the return leg.