AUPL: Explosive Jinja Derby Fails to Concede

Jinja Municipal Council and Kirinya Jinja SS FC have played out to a barren draw in a pulsating derby at the Kakindu stadium in Jinja.

Both sides were charged from the onset with the fans creating a euphoric atmosphere typical of the billing behind the game.

Kirinya rolled the ball through John Wakalaita and Otim who was fouled down just on his second touch.

The students attacking trio of Wakalaita, story Otim and Bamukyaye made the hosts’ defense the busiest in the opening minutes and went close to unlocking the game just after five minutes.

Kirinya Jinja SS lineup

Kirinya Jinja SS lineup

Otim had set up Magumba down the right side but Massa was quick enough to prevent the pacey winger from drifting to the box.

Bamukyaye curled the resultant freekick singling out Otim at the near post but his flip was just unfortunate to kiss the outside of the pole with the whole defence beaten.

JMC initiated a quick counter through Bageya. The right back quickly interchanged with Kato snaking through to Mugabi but his first time shot was punched out by Ikara.

JMC Lineup

JMC Lineup

The game remained active and physical with the stands buzzing from both sets of fans who had filled up the stadium to capacity

Kirinya had another near chance in the 78th from Ikara’s long clearance that landed on Otim, ed pushed it over for Madondo to pace into the danger zone. His last shot hit the post and back into play but three different attempts failed to cross the line causing a goal melee.

The last five minutes of the game saw a more physical midfield battle characterized with several medical stoppages. Both sides were relieved after the last draw.

Kirinya have now accumulated two draws while JMC picked their first point of the game.

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