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University League: UMU storm semis

By Fred Kyambadde

Added 13th October 2016 10:46 PM

Brothers Timothy Douglas Owoli and Jacob Owoli score for UMU against UCU.

University League: UMU storm semis

UCU goalscorer Joshua Kirathe (blue) is put under pressure by an UMU opponent. (Credit: Fred Kyambadde)

Brothers Timothy Douglas Owoli and Jacob Owoli score for UMU against UCU.

Uganda Martyr's University (UMU) advanced to the semi-finals of the University League after a 2-2 draw against Uganda Christian University (UCU) on Thursday.

UMU progressed by means of the away goals rule, having drawn 1-1 in the first leg in Nkozi.

Brothers Timothy Douglas Owoli and Jacob Owoli scored for the visitors while Joshua Kirathe and Joshua Kigozi turned in UCU's goals.

This is the third time UMU is dumping UCU out of the competition at this stage.

In Thursday's last-eight tie, the visitors were off to a strong start in the opening 15 minutes, fashioning a series of counter-attacks that forced UCU to defend in droves.

The UCU goal stopper secures the ball. (Credit: Fred Kyambadde)


Mid-way into the first half, Owoli got nifty with his feet in the wake of a host of defenders to plant the ball in the back of the net to give UMU a deserved lead.

But the hosts leveled matters through Kirathe after the UMU defenders failed to deal with the ball in the area.

And five minutes before the break, UCU took the lead for the first time in the game when Kigozi converted his penalty after teammate Joshua Aziku was brought down in the box.

Before his side conceded the leveler, this home fan thought that UCU was on course to victory and wheeled this mock coffin to signal to the travelling camp that they were finished. (Credit: Fred Kyambadde)


 

It took thirty minutes into the second half for the other Owoli brother to equalize and put UMU in command.

The UCU goalkeeper failed to punch the ball out of danger to allow Jacob to tap home for the leveler.

From then on, it was the hosts trying to come back in the game but credit to UMU: they defended in numbers to keep their ship afloat.

 

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