Karim Ndugwa’s 7th goal of the season sealed a 1-1 sweet draw with Busoga United at Kakindu stadium on Friday.
Most of the action was in the middle of the park for large parts of the first half as both sides tried to stamp authority onto the thrilling contest.
Busoga United got the derby rolling with neat passing and direct approach, and just a few minutes after kick off, Isaac Wagoina made an attempt which was cleared by Richard Ayiko.
Their efforts paid off just after six minutes when Wagoina scored to drive them into the lead.The winger was at the receiving end of a high ball off Elvis Ngonde’s tempting corner kick that he pressed first time for it to deflect off some bodies before spinning past Emmanuel Kalyowa in BUL FC’s goal.
The Eastern Giants steadied themselves and went on the front foot in search for an equaliser.
Richard Ayiko’s effort from a free kick from nearly 30 yards was saved by Busoga United’s goal keeper Andrew Sekandi.
And as half time approached, Ibrahim Nsimbe was in the path of a flicked ball from Ndugwa and the forward looked to get in on the goal-scoring action, forcing Sekandi into a save down low on the left as the Eastern Giants edged closer to a getting a leveller.
Manager Alex Isabirye tweaked his team swiftly after the recess, with Martin Aprem replacing Ibrahim Mugulusi on the 46th minute, and eight minutes later, it became a Jerome Kirya show after the midfielder replaced Ibrahim Kazindula.
BUL dominated play with Kirya the chief architect as he picked up balls from defense and acted as the gateway to Busoga’s area with silky passes.
The Eastern Giants dominated the proceedings with never ending pressure and we would have Hillary Onek link up very well with Ndugwa but the later’s ball into box was blocked for a corner.
Aggrey Madoi had an effort go wild as the Eastern Giants laid siege in the host’s half before Ndugwa’s attempt from inside the box was well held by the goal keeper.
After numerous efforts, the Eastern Giants finally froze a hot Kakindu stadium with a late equaliser on 89 minutes.
Ndugwa got in behind Busoga’s defense following an over the top ball and lofted the leather over the on-rushing Sekandi to score in an empty net which left the home team almost breathless.
The draw sees BUL football club tighten grip on the fourth place on the table with 37 points after 22 matches. Next is a trip to Mbarara City on Monday March 28.
Ibrahim Kazindula (Jerome Kirya 54′)
Simon Peter Oketch
Hillary Onek (Reagan Kalyowa 83′)
Ibrahim Mugulusi (Martin Aprem 46′)
Ibrahim Nsimbe (Richard Wandyaka 63′)