By Shafic Kiyaga
UPL: Police came from a goal down to record their first home win of the season against a hugely disappointing Tooro United at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo
It felt like more of the same when Police found themselves behind in the sixth minute of the opening stanza when Steven Omvia tapped home after Police allowed their visitors an easy build up to the goal.
But after the opening 10 minutes, Police grew in confidence and had much of the possession but Wasswa Bbosa’s men were happy to sit in and allow the hosts play as much as they want but limiting them to few chances at goal.
Despite Police’s dominance in possession and pinning Tooro back in their own half, they barely shifted from hear number 1 for almost the entire opening 45 minutes. The score line remained unchanged as the game went into recess.
Abdallah Mubiru’s men started the second stanza from where they left off but this time with more intent and character but still they looked far from hitting the back of the net. But as the game wore on, Tooro seemed to have run out of gas.
All of Police’s attacking intent and threat paid off in the 72nd minute when youngster Ashiraf Mugume’s shot from outside the box hit the back of the net sending the Police band into a frenzy. But Police survived a scare when Simon Sserunkuuma’s free kick hit the bar but Police reacted well to clear their lines.
In the 82nd minute, Police took the lead in the game from the corner kick. Araft Galiwango’s low corner was flicked on by Juma Balinya on the near which found Paul Willa at the far post. The defender made no mistake slotting home from close range.
There were nervous moments in the dying minutes of the game as Tooro United tried to bring the game level again but the cops held on well.
Police now have 10 points and are 9th while Tooro United are 12th with five points after seven games.
What they said.
Police coach Abdallah Mubiru
“We played really well but we were not doing enough in front of goal in the first half. But the boys showed more intent in the second stanza and we managed to get the win. Of course we were the better side as we have been in all our games as we still are one of the teams to at least score a goal in every game we have played this season but killing off games has been our major short coming”.
Wasswa Bbosa – Tooro United coach
“We started the game well and even got the lead but as our opponents grew into the game, we allowed them more time and space on the ball. We tried to ask the boys to stay calm but they just went flat and we were punished because”.