Our last away match of the first round served up a bitter evening when a BUL lead was overturned by Vipers to subject us to a third defeat of the season.
The early moments of the first half were going well when Karim Ndugwa scored his sixth goal of the season while other chances were also being created, with the mesmerizing Vicent Zziwa the archetect of the fancy play at that stage.
But by half-time, it was the hosts who were infront as Milton Kalisa tucked in a rebound to level matters after Bright Anukani’s initial effort was saved by Saidi Keni in BUL’s goal, before Cromwell Rwothomio scored what turned out to be the match winner for his side, three minutes off the half hour.
Alex Isabirye looked for a quick response after the break and tweaked his side as early as the 46th minute with Ivan Wani replacing Walter Ochora, however, the equalizer avoided the Eastern Giants.
Instead, it was the Venoms who almost stretched their lead when they were awarded a penalty in the 49th minute.
Douglas Muganga was judged responsible for Karisa’s falling in the box and the referee pointed to spot but Keni saved Anukani’s kick from there to keep the margin tight.
Isabirye’s men continued to push and push for an equalizer but it was not to come.
BUL remains third on table despite the result but only on goal difference as they count the tally of 24 points individually with Wakiso Giants and SC Villa.
Maroons are our next opponents come Wednesday next week as we wind up the first round.
Saidi Keni (G.K), Walter Ochora (Ivan Wani 46′), Douglas Muganga, Aggrey Madoi, George Kasonko, Jerome Kirya (Ibrahim Kazindula 80′), Hillary Onek, Vicent Zziwa (Richard Wandyaka 60′), Martin Aprem, Karim Ndugwa, Ibrahim Nsimbe (Frank Kalanda 60′)
Emmanuel Kalyowa (G.K),Pascal Ngobi,Benon Tahomera.