BUL football club have shot up to third place in the Uganda Premier League after beating Gaddafi FC 2-0 in the Rolex Derby at the Gaddafi Arena on Friday.
Hillary Onek and Jerome Kirya scored the goals for the Eastern Giants as they moved to 44 points after 25 matches.
Alex Isabirye’s men played nearly the whole of the second half with ten men after Douglas Muganga was issued matching orders one minute to the hour.
The Eastern Giants set the derby in motion and were on from the start as they wanted to get an early goal.
Karim Ndugwa had a chance after four minutes but his header missed the target.
Ibrahim Mugulusi lined up next with a chance for BUL but his freekick from 30 yards out sailed wild following a foul on Richard Wandyaka by Magumba Bakali.
A few moments later, the hosts fashioned a chance of their own.
Richard Basangwa saw his ferocious shot hit the military staff quarters down in the valley after a fast break via the left side as a result of neat exchanges between him and Faizal Muwawu near the center arc.
Wingback Onek then broke the deadlock on 13 minutes with a priceless beautiful header from inside the area to send the visiting fans into frenzy.
Mugulusi delivered a perfect corner from the right and Onek did justice to the ball with a good timing, and despite Ronald Mutebi in Gaddafi’s goal having a finger on the ball, it was not enough to stop it from finding the net.
Gaddafi looked determined to find the equaliser, with Yunus Sibira and Amos Kirya sending a couple of shots but BUL FC held onto their 1-0 lead into the break.
In the second period, Muganga was given a red card on 59 minutes following a 50-50 challenge with Muwawu.
Gaddafi sprung numerous waves of attack going forward given their numerical advantage but BUL used all of their superiority and quality to keep an iron grip on the game, and Kirya snuffed out any chance the Soldier Boys had of recovering when he headed in a second in the 79th minute and wrap up the points.
The Eastern Giants will be out again next week against KCCA FC at Kyabazinga stadium.
George Kasonko (Ibrahim Nsimbe 47′)
Ibrahim Mugulusi (Reagan Kalyowa 60′)
Karim Ndugwa (Allan Kiggundu 63′)