BUL FC played out a 1-1 draw with Busoga United at Kakindu stadium in the Jinja derby that saw three penalties on Friday, one was saved.
Simeon Masaba’s side opened the scoring midway the first half with an outstanding spot kick from Ibrahim Kazindula and they defended brilliantly throughout the opening period and restricted the hosts to very little in front of goal.
But Busoga did level the game in the second half through Laban Tibita’s strike also from the spot as both sides shared the spoils.
It was however not the best start for a derby with nothing of note to bring the atmosphere to life although there were thrills as the game phased out.
While it took long for BUL to settle, the first opportunity of the evening fell to the hosts when the Eastern Giants were caught in possession high up the pitch, which allowed Busoga to thread to Rashid Mpata, whose close-range effort flew over the bar.
The home side then continued to threaten and came close once again through Peter Onzima whose inviting cross sailed wide.
The Eastern Giants had to wait until the 22nd minute to create a realistic goal scoring opportunity – Ibrahim Nsimbe combined with Ibrahim Mugulusi to release Reagan Kalyowa on the left but the youngster lost his balance before unleashing a shot.
A little while after and following a free kick situation, Ronald Otti was hurled to ground and the referee awarded a penalty to the Eastern Giants which needed three minutes to be taken after tempers hit a high mark on the pitch.
Kazindula however held his breath and planted a cool one beyond Michael Lutaaya to give BUL the lead.
Their eagerness to double the advantage saw them become more dangerous as the first half progressed, and they were unfortunate not to score a second six minutes off the half hour when Hillary Onek’s sublime free kick was brushed wide by Kazindula.
Busoga hit back in the second half after Kazindula was penalized for a handball in the box to allow Laban Tibita to equalize for the hosts from the spot on 51 minutes.
They almost went ahead two minutes after the hour, after Richard Ayiko gifted another penalty to the hosts when he shoved Peter Onzima in the forbidden area.
But this time Saidi Keni stood too big between the uprights to deny Tibita a brace with a comfortable save.
As the game wore on, there were promising moments for each side to win it all but they all held their rear sides tight to share the points. The result grants the Eastern Giants the chance to remain 5th on the table after 22 rounds with 31 points.
Bright Stars will be the next opponent for BUL next week on Friday.
Saidi Keni(GK), Walter Ochora, Richard Ayiko, Ronald Otti, Pascal Ngobi, Jerome Kirya, Ibrahim Mugulusi (Richard Wandyaka 60′),Ibrahim Kazindula (Anthony Mayanja 65′), Hillary Onek, Reagan Kalyowa (Martin Aprem 60′), Ibrahim Nsimbe.
Tom Ikara,Vicent Zziwa, Aggrey Madoi, George Kasonko.