St. Lawrence University became the first team to qualify for the knockout stage of the Pepsi University Football League following a 1-0 victory away at Busitema University yesterday.
The win means the Rubaga-based side have 10 points from three games and are guaranteed a top two finish in Group B regardless of what happens in the remaining matches.
The match started on a high tempo with both teams eager for an early statement.
However, it was St. Lawrence who drew first blood after Issac Ogwang converted a free-kick from the edge of the box in the 11th minute.
It was end-to-end football after that with St. Lawrence seeking to kill off the tie while at the other end, Busitema were working towards restoring parity.
Busitema were denied by some outstanding defending from goalkeeper Gita Musa while at the other goal, Emmy Okola put in a man-of-the match performance to frustrate St. Lawrence. Both goalkeepers had to be on top of their game, and they duly did.
Midway through the first half, St. Lawrence striker Marko Thomas was replaced due to an injury and thereafter the tempo of the game went down.
The second half saw St. Lawrence resort to defending their lead with the occasional counter attack.
On Tuesday, defending champions Uganda Martyrs University travel to play KIU.