Arua Hill put forward a statement win to defeat Calvary in West Nile derby and move closer to promotion dreams as they maintain the three point lead at the top of the Elgon group with two games to finish the season.
Gaddafi Gadinho put Leopards ahead in the 10th minute with a well placed left footed strike from Caesar Okhuti assist. A brilliant finish from Rashid Agau four minutes later on secured the three points.
Calvary had their chances as the game proceeded, they tried to put Arua Hill under pressure but lacked sufficiency and were less clinical in front of goal to deny the Leopards a season double.
Hussein Mbalangu was conditioned to make a few changes with Rajab Kakooza given opportunity to stand in for common face Allan Mugalu who was yet recovering from a combination of sicknesses and fit again Skipper Caesar Okhuti returned to the starting XI.
Aggrey Kiirya on behalf of Arua Hill in the 2nd minute led the first attack of the game when he dashed via his lane and swung a cross before Calvary goalie Norman came for the host’s reduce.
3 minutes later, Gadafi Gadinho executed a free kick with power but imperfect accuracy therefore couldn’t beat the Calvary custodian.
He surfaced again this time in the 10th minute to score his debut goal when he struck home from a distance a pass from Caesar Okhuti with his left foot, as helpless Norman was left in the near post
Four minutes later, Rashid Agau got off the mark with a fine finish that doubled the visitors lead as he waved off the pressure to score off his shoulder.
Calvary attempted to retaliate through Junior who took a free kick in the 22nd minute only to be frustrated by Richard Anyama’s gloves.
In the effort to extend their lead Arua Hill made a move through Okhuti in the 33rd minute, the skipper went past Adriko successfully and tried to pick out Agau in the box but his deliver went direct to Norman.
The official booked Gadinho shortly after that, and the 40th minute saw Andima receive a card for fouling Dan Birikwalira meanwhile he booked Mike Kawooya for complaining.
Bosco Dudu instructed for the removal of Andima as he introduced Swadick just before the end of half time but that didn’t stop Mbalangu’s lads from holding on to their lead at half time.
Mbalangu meanwhile made his changes with a double substitution as the second half started with removing Gadinho and Kiirya as he brought in Ajobe and Yakin.
The hosts started the second half brightly, with Agotre at the center of campaign to equalize but his 49th minute free kick was too direct for Anyama.
Arua Hill centre back Rashid Muhamed was booked in the 50th minute after committing a foul and the resulting freekick was shot wide by Junior. A minute later, Julius Malingumu raced through the left flank before powering a left footed strike as Anyama responded with a job well done.
Baden Mujahid became the fourth Arua Hill player to receive a warning when he was shown the card in the 56th minute. At that point, Mbalangu commissioned another double substitution inspired by the need to have fresh legs, Agau and Mutebi had to pave the way for Leku and Kawawa.
Calvary showed unrelenting interest to fight back in the 73rd minute when Adriko shot wide from close range and Arua Hill answered back after two minutes with a Dan Birikwalira freekick that Norman palmed off.
Calvary had to bring in Talib for Omar in the 79th minute as they hoped to see changes in their effort to find a breakthrough.
Rashid Kawawa in the 88th minute could have extended Arua Hill lead when he managed to move past Calvary defenders but a wrong tactical decision to try and dribble the goalie too instead of striking to the far end as they are always taught ended his brilliant move as Norman disallowed him.
Nevertheless Arua Hill successfully managed to frustrate Calvary who tried to throw everything at them in the second half, but just failed to get the breakthrough goal, they kept pushing but Arua Hill looked confident side with ambitions of seeing the game out and indeed they did so.
The win enables Arua Hill remain planted on top of the table with 26 points, ahead of a meeting with Gaddafi FC mid next week.
“The boys played as we instructed them to play, we now have different schemes to play and is determined by how the opponent plays,” Mbalangu told club media after the game.
Calvary FC starting XI: Norman, Adriko, Afema, Feni, Ahmed, Osman, Julius, Omar, Junior, Agotre, Andima
Substitutes: Andama, Abel, Swadick, Talib, Mahad, Halid, Benard
Arua Hill SC Starting XI: Anyama, Kiirya, Dan, Muhamed, Kawooya, Muhumuza, Baden, Gadinho, Okhuti, Kakooza, Agau
Substitutes: Oringa, Atandu, Ajobe, Leku, Kawawa, Yakin, Mutebi