The gladiators subjected the Lango College based side to the 4th defeat of the season, beating the Lee Ager 2-1 at UTC Lira playground.
Northern Gateway went into recess leading 1-0, courtesy of Allan Atala's long range shot that left LCC FC shot stopper (Philemon Oyie) astound. Atala has scored in the all meetings (twice) between the two sides.
In the second half, Lira City Council FC dominated possession of the ball forcing Gateway defense to foul Patrick Alany aka Abuka in the penalty area. The prolific Lango Province attacker had to convert the penalty himself, placing it on the far post. Abuka's equalizer couldn't save the Lee Ager from elimination.
Daniel Ojok's second half long range which hit the cross bar before crossing the goal line was enough to send the Northern Regional League table leaders to the 3rd round of Stanbic Uganda Cup Preliminary stage.
Lira City Council FC Head Coach Ronald Okello wasn't seen on the touchline as his assistant, Anthony Odongo (Giggs) took charge. Confirmed report says the Head Coach had taken another team (Mentor FC) to play in Akalo - Kole district, in the same competition.
Wednesday 3rd January results.
Pajule Lions 3-2 Tanzania FC
Rwotker SA 2-1 Peyot FC
Akalo Express 0-1 Mentor FC
Northern Gateway SC 2-1 LCC FC
The 3rd round of the preliminary stage is to be played on Sunday 7th January 2024. Draws to be picked today, Thursday 4th January 2024 from the Northern Region Football Association office in Lira.