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MATCH REPORT: EASTERN GIANTS HUMBLE ARUA HILL SC

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BUL Football Club returned to winning ways in style, putting Arua Hill SC to the sword with a 4-0 win at Kyabazinga stadium on Tuesday.

Musa Esenu’s first half header put Alex Isabirye’s men in the driving seat before he completed his brace a few seconds into the second half for the Eastern Giants to lead 2-0. Ibrahim Nsimbe noded home a third before Ibrahim Kazindula wrapped the game up with a stunning free kick ten minutes from the final whistle.

The result means BUL FC remains in third place on the Uganda premier league log with 25 points, four behind league leaders SC Vipers after 13 matches.

BUL FC were the first to show intent and were rampant before the cheerful faithfuls.

Musa Esenu in action

At first, Esenu’s goal in the second minute was cancelled for offside before Ibrahim Magandazi blocked a scorching goal bound hard shot from Kazindula.

Arua Hill’s Richard Matovu was then shown a yellow card in the 9th minute for blocking midfield schemer Ibrahim Mugulusi near the center arc before Gadafi Gadinho skied a free kick from 30 yards after Kazindula pulled Samuel Sekamatte.

Esenu showed him how to score at the other end when he struck the opener on 19 minutes. The forward was at the receiving end of a brushed header from Ibrahim Nsimbe, he then flicked the ball to the level of his height, spun around a defender before he pulled a half volley into the roof top.

The visitors were looking neat enough on the ball, stringing together nice passes and they came close on 20 minutes.

Matovu sneaked through on the left but Saidi Keni rushed out from his goal to deflect his efforts for a corner.

Their style of play could not curtail BUL from finding the front foot whenever they regained possession and there were screams from Isabirye’s men 13 minutes from the break when Mugulusi appeared to be brought down in the box, but the referee was unmoved.

After a show of pace and skill, Mugulusi picked Hillary Onek wide on the right, the roving wingback played the ball across the goal and Esenu stretched a leg to drive home a second immediately after the restart.

Nsimbe celebrates after scoring a goal.

His striking partner – Nsimbe would make it 3-0 on 55 minutes with a header at the near post after he was found by Walter Ochora inside the box following a corner swung in by Kazindula from the right.

This was an opportunity for Reagan Kalyowa to dazzle in front of BUL FC fans and he was obviously relishing the attention and adulation being doled out to him, taking on opponents at will before he tried out a shot a few moments after Nsimbe’s strike but his efforts by the right foot was weak to trouble Rogers Omedwa in the away goal.

But there was still chance for celebration as the youngster menaced Geriga Atendele again and the referee awarded a free kick near the edge of the box on the 80th minute, chancing Kazindula to score as the midfielder whipped an unstoppable strike beyond a hapless Omedwa to score his second goal this season.

Enough is enough maybe the goalkeeper said as he used every inch of his imposing frame to block Dickson Niwamanya’s shot in the additional minutes.

So BUL FC will enter the new year with a record of seven wins, four draws and two defeats from 13 games.

BUL FC Starting XI

Saidi Keni
Douglas Muganga
Richard Ayiko
Walter Ochora
Hillary Onek
Ibrahim Kazindula
Pascal Ngobi
Ibrahim Mugulusi (Simon Peter Oketch 85′)
Reagan Kalyowa (Martin Aprem 85′)
Ibrahim Nsimbe (Dickson Niwamanya 73′)
Musa Esenu

BUL FC players posing for a line up photo before the game

Unused substitutes:

Emmanuel Kalyowa

Umar Mukobe

Richard Wandyaka

Fredson Gwoto

Booked

Ayiko 39′.

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