Arua Hill Sports Club lost 0-1 to Uganda Premier League defending champions Vipers SC in a league game played on a rainy Tuesday in Arua.
A sloppy start from Arua Hill saw Vipers take a first minutes lead courtesy of an Abubakar Lawal goal.
Despite the first minute upset, the West Nile team found their composure and controlled proceeding as Vipers faded.
The Kongolo boys should have found themselves back into the game when Allan Mugalu had some brilliant interplay with Ivan Eyamu in the middle of the of the pitch finding Paul Musamali in the far right to bring a cross that was well cleared by the Vipers backline.
At the start of the second half, coach Livingston Mbabazi made two quick changes with Gibson Adinho and Ivan Eyamu giving way for Gadafi Wahab and Innocent Maduka.
Vipers almost doubled their advantage in the 49 Minute but a kneel down goal line clearance by Matovu stopped Karim’ header from a Vipers corner kick.
Arua Hill SC however, thought they had leveled matters in the 50 minute when Innocent Media found the back of the net only for him to be ruled offside despite television replays showing the striker was clearly onside.
On the 70 minutes mark, winger Isaac Ogwang saw his well taken bicycle kick saved by Vipers short stopper.
In a space of two minutes the Kongolo missed two opportunities when captain Rashid Toha flying all the way to meet Gadafi Wahab’s delivery in the 75 minute but his header going straight out for a goal kick.
Two minutes later Innocent Media saw his brushed header go just inches away past the goalpost for yet another Vipers goal kick.
With the fourth official raising six added minutes, Arua Hill boys did all they could to salvage at least a point front the game, however the controversial decision came into to play with first assistant referee Mafumu Mustafa failed to rise the flag for what was a clear goal which could have leveled the scores for Arua Hill SC.
Arua Hill’ next UPL games is against relegation threatened Oundparaka FC this Friday at Greenlight Stadium.