BUL FC and Bright Stars played out a two all draw on Friday, as we came from behind in the second half to clinch a point at FUFA technical centre.
The Eastern Giants took the lead through Ibrahim Mugulusi’s strike early on, but we were penned back just five minutes to the break by Cleophus Fiat’s screamer.
After the break, Bright Stars took control of the game immediately courtesy of Nelson Ssenkatuka’s close range finish two minutes into the second half, but a late leveller from Anthony Mayanja for BUL ensured we took home atleast a point.
It was a fast start for BUL who came close in the opening couple of minutes, with Ronald Otti getting at the end of one of the first two corners inside two minutes of play before Ibrahim Kazindula blazed his free kick over bar.
With five minutes off the clock, BUL finally broke down the Star’s door that they had been pounding on.
Douglas Muganga managed to play the ball to Hillary Onek who beat his man for pace down the right-hand side before crossing low across goal for Mugulusi to poke in the opener.
BUL then made several advances throughout the duration of the first half but were not able to widen the advantage. One of the many chances was when Mugulusi found himself in a prime position inside the area but failed to connect with Ibrahim Nsimbe’s lay in.
Bright Stars scored against the run of play however, and from the only opportunity they got in the opening half when Fiat picked up his spot almost from the center arc after spotting Saidi Keni off his line.
They doubled their advantage in the 47th minute. Nelson Ssenkatuka rounded off two defenders from the box and fired in a second to tilt the game in Bright Stars favor.
Masaba’s men upped their game and put in a much better showing after falling off the patch and wasted no time in their search for a comeback goal.
Within one minute off the hour mark, Bright Stars were forced to clear their lines before Nsimbe hit the post a few moments later.
Mayanja picked up the pieces with a follow up to draw the game level on 84 minutes after Richard Wandyaka’s initial effort also hit the post.
But before the equalizer, Bright Stars had almost stretched their lead. Keni spilled the ball Infront of Ssenkatuka who hit the post and the ball came back into play.
BUL were desperate to get another goal and take all the three points but there was no time left on the clock and the referee called things to a stop with the spoils shared.
Thanks to Mayanja’s late equaliser, the Eastern Giants remain sixth on the log with 32 points after 23 matches.
On Monday next week, BUL face Wakiso Giants at Kabaka Kyabagu.
BUL FC XI:
Saidi Keni (GK),Douglas Muganga (Emmanuel Obua 71′), Ronald Otti, Walter Ochora, Pascal Ngobi, Ibrahim Kazindula (Richard Wandyaka 60′), Ibrahim Mugulusi, Joram Kirya (Richard Okello 52′),Hillary Onek, Reagan Kalyowa (Martin Aprem 60′), Ibrahim Nsimbe (Anthony Mayanja 71′)
Tom Ikara (GK), Vincent Zziwa.