This weekend the Gulu United U17s and U21s hit road, but quickly earned the support of local fans with their style of play and tenacity on the pitch.
The U21s traveled to Kitgum on Friday and returned with three points to open their 2015-16 Regional League campaign. Eighteen-year-old striker Kilama Dickens Victor scored two second half goals to secure the 2-0 shutout win over the Kitgum Youth Revolution.
With the match being moved to an alternate ground (affectionately known locally as ‘Vatican Stadium’), Gulu United U21 squad was forced to adapt to a pitch littered with a mix of dirt patches and tall grasses, but they controlled possession from the opening whistle. Gulu United generated a variety of good scoring chances in the first half including a goal from Lawonyero Stephen that was called back for a tight offside, and a shot at a wide open goal for Asaba Richardson that he sailed just over the bar.
Elgac Moses was solid in goal, as were his two centre backs, Akaka Joel and Atube Rogers, who limited KYR’s chances to just one in the second half. Next up for Gulu United is a home match (at Layibi College Ground) versus the Super Eagles on Friday, November 13.
Starting XI: Elgac, Akaka, Atube, Ouma, Cankura, Okello, Ganukura, Luwalo, Lawonyero, Asaba, Kilama
Subs: Brown (in for Lawonyero 57min), Agunda (in for Asaba, 78min), Douglas (in for Elgac 85min), Nasser, Pixy, Opiro.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, the Gulu United U17 squad dropped a hard fought 3-2 decision to local men’s side Rainbow FC. It was the third straight impressive performance for the young squad against senior competition, with their most recent results including a 1-0 loss and a 4-4 draw.
This is surely a sign of even better things to come considering today’s ‘Starting XI’ included one U14, four U15s, five U16s and just one U17!
Starting XI: Ojara Bosco, Ocaka Peter, Katusi Derrick, Ogenwrot Brian, Yesu Brian, Opiro Justin, Bradbury Isaac, Opio Yona, Oceng Ivan, Ocan Derick, Okot Juma
Substitutes: Okot Denis, Nokorach Polycarp, Labanya Umari, Kidega Nico, Orach Denis
Gulu United Goal Scorers: Oceng Ivan (35th), Okot Denis (58th, Penalty)
For match videos and photos visit the Gulu United Facebook Page.