URA players Celebrating a Goal-PHOTO BY TALENGA ANDREW

URA football club have thrown the Uganda premier league title race wide open with a convincing away win.

Sam Timbe’s side beat Busoga United 3-1 in a match played this evening at a lively Kakindu stadium in Jinja city.

Steven Mukwala and Ivan Sserubiri scored for the tax collectors, while Anwar Ntege netted for Busoga United at their new home.

At half an hour, Mukwala gave URA the lead when he benefitted from a well placed Arafat Galiwango cross to head past Busoga’s teenage goalkeeper Delton Oyo.

Steven Mukwala-PHOTO BY ANDREW TALENGA

Busoga United went on the front foot in a quest for a quick response but didn’t fashion any clear cut chance. Anwar Ntege tested URA’s goalkeeper Nafian Alionzi with a long range hard shot but the net minder was equal to his effort.

Busoga United Forward Shaka Sozzi (in blue) Challenging For The Ball-PHOTO BY ANDREW TALENGA

Lackluster performance in the attack, defensive and goalkeeping frailties did a lot to dent their hope of coming back in the game.

Two minutes to halftime, Hudu Muliki robbed three Busoga United players of the ball and weaved through the middle, he then played in Ibrahim Dada through a hole. Dada after magical stepovers lofted the ball into the box for Mukwala to complete his brace with another header.

In the second half, Hassan Kintu won a penalty for Busoga following a foul on him by Arafat Galiwango in the box.

Anwar Ntege sent Alionzi the wrong way from the spot with a cool finish to reduce the deficit on 51 minutes.

But their hope of a potential comeback was dashed when Derrick Basoga tripped Dada in his own half.

Substitute Ivan Serubiri dispatched the resultant free kick passed the hapless Oyo to seal the win for his side with fourteen minutes left on the clock.

The result has moved URA to third place with 28 points, five behind pace setters Vipers SC after 15 rounds, as KCCA FC monitor the proceedings from second position.

Uganda premier league action continues on Saturday with two matches of the second round on menu.

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