ST. Lawrence Too Strong For Mutoola, Buganda Royal; Jinja Lions Back On Track As Kiringente Win

The fourth outing of the FUFA beach soccer league emphasized the apparent gulf in strength between defending champions St. Lawrence University and the other teams in the league.

Arriving at FUFA technical center in fifth place on a cold Sunday, St. Lawrence brought Mutoola’s unbeaten run to an end before they humbled Buganda Royal to shoot up to third on the table with nine points after three matches.

Jinja Lions responded well to their short comings last time with two important wins over Kampala Junior Team and Wolves to hit the top with 12 points, while Kiringente BSC beat KJT to record their second victory this season.

St. Lawrence BSC 4-1 Mutoola BSC

Brian Nkuubi (right) beats a Mutoola player as Sharif Apuuli (left) looks on

St. Lawrence University produced a controlled performance to get a solid victory over Mutoola.

Following a tight contest in the opening moments of the match, the record four-time league champions took a 1-0 lead before the end of the first period through Sulaiman Ochero.

Ochero added a second in the second period before Brian Nkuubi and Rica Byaruhanga scored a goal each to put St. Lawrence 4 – 0 up in the third.

Mutoola battled to try and bring themselves back in the game. Simon Peter Kijjo eventually got them a goal but it came deep into the third period, it was too late to have any impact on the result as his side lost their first game of the campaign.

St. Lawrence BSC 6 – 1 Buganda Royal

Ronald Magwali (in blue) executes an overhead kick against his former side

It was a routine win and an easy ride for St. Lawrence just when some people thought Buganda Royal would pose some resistance this time against the Davis Nnono side. Buganda Royal had lost the previous two meetings between the sides and the story remained the same here.

Tight marking: Baker Lukooya (right) is closed down by an opponent

Baker Lukooya set St. Lawrence rolling with two goals in the first period although Ambrose Kigozi struck for Buganda Royal to reduce the deficit before it ended but it proved to be a mere consolation.

Lukooya scored the only goal in the second period, and then stretched their lead with another strike in the final period before Brian Nkuubi trotted to a brace to seal their third victory this season in as many games.

Kampala Junior Team 3 – 5 Jinja Lions

Herbert Onyango (14) celebrate with Hussein Ssajjabbi after scoring against KJT

It was a productive Sunday for Jinja Lions as they returned to winning ways.

They took a 4-0 lead in the first period – scoring through Herbert Onyango and Nicholus Tamale, while Nicholas Mwere showed up with a brace.

KJT however threatened a comeback when they scored the next three goals in the game through – Alvin Ssekiziyivu, Ashraf Mugumira and an own goal by Fredrick Ngalo but Onyango completed his brace in the third period to put the game beyond their reach.

Jinja Lions BSC 7-2 Wolves BSC

Nicholas Mwere aiming a shot

Jinja Lions registered the biggest win on the day when they thrashed Wolves 7-2 in their second game.

In this match, Nicholas Mwere showed that he can be great source of goals for the Sand Kings. The towering forward scored six in the lopsided affair to take his goal tally to ten.

Arafat Wandera was also on target for Jinja Lions while Derrick Luyimbazi and Baptist Male scored for Wolves.

Kampala Junior Team 2-5  Kiringente BSC

Kiringente laboured to a 5-2 win against KJT in the other game played at FUFA technical centre beach soccer arena.

Via goals from Hamza Ssenoga, Ronnie Ssekimpi, Deo Ssengendo and an own goal from goalkeeper Tony Bazibu, Kiringente ensured KJT lost their third game this season.

Najib Muwonge and Ashraf Mugumira scored a goal each for the league debutants but their goals were not enough to turn the game into their favor.

The league will resume on march 5, 2023 with five fixtures at Mutoola resort beach in Mukono.

Full results:

St. Lawrence BSC 4-1 Mutoola BSC

FT: KJT 3 – 5 Jinja Lions

St. Lawrence 6 – 1 Buganda Royal

KJT 2-5  Kiringente BSC

Jinja Lions BSC 7-2 Wolves BSC

Next fixtures – fifth outing

Sunday March 5, 2023

Grace Church Vs St. Lawrence BSC

MUBS Vs Wolves

Kiringente BSC Vs St. Lawrence BSC

MUBS Vs Grace Church

Ms Sand Lions Vs Wolves

Venue: Mutoola resort beach

Kick-off: 11am

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