Express FC were frustrated by a resolute 10-man Maroons FC side in a goalless draw affair played at Muteesa II stadium,Wakulukuku on Wednesday.
Newly appointed Maroons FC Coach George best Nsimbe will have taken far more satisfaction in the manner in which his side withstood the Red Eagles force for entirely the whole match.
The Luzira-based side was reduced to ten man after Solomon Walusimbi saw red for retaliation with quarter of an hour still to play.
The hosts were virtually the better side all evening with the forward pair of Tony Odur and Michael Birungi running Maroons’ defence rugged.
They combined for Express FC’s best first half chance in the 25th Minute when Tony Odur coolly controlled a high ball with his chest at the edge of the opposition 18-yard and set it for an on-rushing Birungi but the floppy dread-looked winger ‘s fierce and well-timed shot went a fraction wide.
Maroon’s custodian Eric Daira was stretched off in the 39th minute for what looked like a hamstring injury. And with a few mins into the second half, Maroons were reduced to ten men following a scuffle between Express FC’s Disan Galiwango and visitor’s Solomon Walusmbi.
Nsimbe’s side resorted to defending tactics and nullified every attack that a dominant Express FC threw at them.
Both sides made wholesale changes during the course of the second half but the result remained the same.
Express FC’s tactician Kefa Kisala cut a frustrated figure as he watched his dominant side break down a water tight visitors defence that was marshalled by towering defender Martin Mpunga.
Maroons could have snatched victory had it not been Rashid Agau ‘s late miss.