MATCH REPORT: URA Vs Tooro United

Patrick Fred Ochieng

Head of Public Relations, Media and Communications at URA Football Club.

URA FC proved too much for Tooro United as they went rampant at the Arena of Visions, Ndejje University to account for the biggest scoreline (6-1) the StarTimes Uganda Premier League 2021/22 season and a return to winning ways in fashion.

The game itself was the team’s second successive home fixture (in the same week) following the uncharacteristic draw against BUL but most importantly, it was an encounter where a win was more or less a must to keep up with the competition.

URA assistant head coach, Simoen Massa made only two changes to the team that started against BUL FC, Hannington Sebwalunyo and Moses Sseruyidde replaced James Alitho and Ivan Sserubiri respectively.

Approaching the game, the intention to claim all three points by the boys was clear from the get-go and as early as the 2nd minute, Steven Mukwala tried for an opener but was disappointed to see his free-kick go straight to the goalkeeper.

What followed was periods of dominance by the Tax Collectors but lacking a cutting edge. This was short-lived though because, in the 21st minute, Mukwala was sharp and alive to deflect Saidi Kyeyune’s shot in the back of the net to break the deadlock.

The URA talisman would double the lead nine minutes later with a brilliant header off Sseruyidde’s corner kick, and just like that, the Tax Collectors were firmly in the lead of proceedings.

The moment of further excitement would come in the 36th minute when Joackiam Ojera improvised to score a thunderbolt but the assist coming from the URA custodian Hannington Sebwalunyo before Cromwel Rwothomio made it 4-0 from a Mukwala assist two minutes later.

At the crown of the first half, Mukwala thought he had completed his hat-trick in the 45th minute only for the centre referee to disagree. That certainly marked the end of the first stanza and set up for a spellbinding second half.

The Tax Collectors approached the second half with the same intensity as the first and at minute 46, Mukwala missed his hat-trick by just a whisker with a headed effort. What followed was the visitors pulling one back and making it 4-1 in the 54th minute.

Mukwala would finally have the last laugh two minutes later when he superbly manipulated Derrick Ndahiro’s perfect pass to put it past the opposition goalkeeper to complete his hat-trick.

As if that wasn’t enough, the goal-hungry goalscorer went ahead to score his fourth and URA’s sixth on the evening in the 60th minute to climax a mouthwatering display. At the time of his withdrawal to be replaced by Kabon Living in the 72nd, his satisfaction was vivid.

That indeed was the fascinating story of the second half and the game comprehensively. A tale of URA running riot at home against Tooro United to ascend to 9th position on 7 points after four games played.

SQUADS

Hannington Sebwalunyo (GK), Ashraf Mandela, Derrick Ndahiro, Hudu Mulikyi, Patrick Mbowa, Saidi Kyeyune, Shafik Kagimu, Joackiam Ojera, Moses Sseruyidde, Steven Mukwala and Cromwel Rwothomio.

Substitutes

Kabon Living, Katongole Faruku, Ibrahim Dada, Viane Ssekajugo, Benjamin Nyakoojo, James Alitho, and Ivan Sserubiri.