BUL matched on top of the Uganda premier league table with a 3-1 win over UPDF FC on Friday.
After a goalless first half at Fufa Technical Center, clinical strikes from Karim Ndugwa, Richard Wandyaka and Frank Kalanda set the Eastern Giants on course for victory.
BUL showed a confident approach right from the opening stages of the action.
Indeed, Emmanuel Obua fired the first warning to the visitors with a tempting cross field ball in the goal mouth as early as the fourth minute.
Simon Mabuya in UPDF’s goal then stopped Ndugwa’s spinning header from inside the area after a move involving Walter Ochora, Hillary Onek and Wandyaka.
The next threat however came from the visitors as an attack through the middle put Ezekiel Katende in a one on one situation with Emmanuel Kalyowa in BUL’s goal but he lacked the composure to skip the goalkeeper.
On the half hour, Ochora carried the ball from his defense to launch a counter-attack of exhilarating precision as Jeromy Kirya’s pin pointing pass was met by Obua before finding Ndugwa whose shot sailed over the bar.
It was a similar story for the visitors perse. Ivan Ahimbisibwe and Katende got in better positions to shoot their side into the lead but their efforts were prevented by Kalyowa.
It was after the break that the game sparked to life with openings following the introduction of Vicent Ziwa with the substitute stinging Mabuya’s gloves direct from a corner three minutes after his coming.
Ziwa’s fine touches and neat passing proved thorny to the visitors as he linked well with Ndugwa and Wandyaka to grind UPDF.
With UPDF now not able to move out of their own half with ease, BUL’s opening goal soon arrived.
Wandyaka left his marker in the box tumbling to play in the unmarked Ndugwa and the forward made no mistake to burry his low drive into the net on 59 minutes for his third goal of the season.
And four minutes later, Ndugwa’s provider doubled our lead with a sublime finish, his third for this campaign as well.
Frank Kalanda put the game beyond UPDF’s reach when he made it 3-0 up for BUL as the final whistle neared with a grass cutting shot from the edge of the box.
The visitors then grabbed a consolation through Ibrahim Magandazi from the spot on 79 minutes to reduce the deficit.
The result moved Alex Isabirye’s side back to the summit of the table with six points just after two games. BUL’s next league engagement is away to URA at Nakisunga Saza ground next Friday
Emmanuel Kalyowa (GK), Walter Ochora, Richard Ayiko, Ronald Otti, George Kasonko, Ibrahim Kazindula, Jerome Kirya, Emmanuel Obua, Hillary Onek, Karim Ndugwa, Richard Wandyaka.
Tom Ikara (GK), Douglas Muganga,