Kick4Life beat 10-man LMPS 2-0 in a Vodacom Premier League match played at Old Europa Ground yesterday.
Striker Thabiso Brown and midfielder Robert Mekomba were on target to help the league rookies to their fourth win of the season.
However, it took 19 minutes for the first attempt at goal when Kick4Life midfielder, Fidel Ntoya shot his free-kick straight at the goalkeeper.
The home-side kept on piling up pressure on LMPS and Ntoya again missed a goal-scoring chance when he headed Pitso Monne’s cross over the bar in the 24th minute.
Mekomba then broke the deadlock for the hosts on the half-hour mark with a bicycle kick inside the penalty area from Ntoya’s corner-kick.
After the halftime break, LMPS came back stronger as they searched for an equalizer, which nearly came three minutes into the second half. However, Tefa ‘Makhoana’s free header from Marasi Sepipi’s corner narrowly missed the target.
LMPS then introduced the attacking duo of Khotso Matsepe and Tlhoriso Taleng soon after as they pressed for the equalizer, while Kick4Life’s Morapeli Lesoetsa and Mekomba made way for Thetsane Lesia and Katleho Mabetha.
And instead of being content with their lead, Kick4Life continued to pressure LMPS and their efforts paid off in the 72nd minute when Brown extended their lead with a well-placed free-kick after Ntoya was fouled about 10 metres outside the box.
Simunye, as LMPS are affectionately known, were dealt a body blow eight minutes before the final whistle when striker ‘Makhoana was shown a second yellow card, and had to leave the pitch.
In a post-match interview, Kick4Life team manager, Chris Bullock heaped praise on his charges for “getting better with each tie”.
“We played well today and I think the boys have now adjusted to life in the Premier League and their confidence is growing with each match. These points are very important to us because we have to maintain our spot in the topflight league and ensure we don’t get relegated,” Bullock said.
On the other hand, LMPS coach Rethabile Mokhesuoa lamented an all-round poor display by his players.
“We did not play well but that’s football; we just have to go back to training and try to rectify our mistakes,” Mokhesuoa said.
Meanwhile, in another Vodacom Premier League match played yesterday, Nyenye Rovers and Qoaling Highlanders played to a goalless draw.