LCS edge LDF
LCS came from a goal down to beat LDF 2-1 at LCS Ground yesterday afternoon.
Keketso Snyders and James Mothotjeloa were on target for LCS while Letlatsa Moshoeshoe scored for LDF.
LCS went into the match on the back of a 3-1 loss to minnows Lifofane last weekend while LDF were held to a goalless draw by Sefotha-fotha.
Yesterday’s win saw LCS move to fourth with 13 points while LDF remained in ninth position with eight points. They have both played eight games.
Motheo Mohapi’s charges showed more hunger to win yesterday coming close in 10 minutes but Koete Mohloai narrowly missed the target.
Sohle-Sohle continued to threaten their opponents and their efforts paid off in the 19th minute when Moshoeshoe scored from inside the box.
LDF continued to enjoy possession and were the better of the two sides in the first half.
Masheshena came close to leveling the scores on 38 minutes but Thabo Seakhoa narrowly missed the target after receiving the ball unmarked inside the penalty area from Snyder.
Five minutes before the break, LCS found their equaliser on a counter. Thabane Malane crossed from the right flank for Snyders who easily chipped over LDF goalkeeper Likano Mphuthi.
LDF made an immediate change after the break throwing in experienced striker Mojela Letsie for Morena Moloi to inject venom. But it was LCS who found the goal from Mothotjeloa who finished off after Mphuthi had parried a Moshoeshoe strike in the 55th minute. The ball fell on Mothotjeloa’s feet and he made no mistake putting it into the net.
On the stroke of the hour mark, LDF made a tactical change pulling out defender Lebona Malebanye for striker Thabang Rabi.
The substitute created space for LCS winger Thetso Phosholi who caused havoc for LDF whenever he was in possession.
The home side continued to dominate and an unmarked Phosholi could have made it three for the home side in the 70th minute but he was let down by his poor technic ballooning Seakhoa’s cross from inside the box.
LCS made their second change a minute later with Mosiuoa Boseeka coming in for injured Mothotjeloa.
There were moments when LDF looked dangerous throwing numbers forward.
Lepheana Mofolo came close but he missed the target on 79 minutes.
LDF last change saw Moshoeshoe making way for Matli Matli five minutes before time.
LCS goalkeeper Kopano Silasi was forced to produce a match winning save with a minute before the final whistle from a dangerous Rabi header.
LDF coach Motheo Mohapi said he was disappointed that his charges lacked the fighting spirit.
“The only thing that I have seen is that my players no longer have that desire and a hunger to win games; they are just playing to fulfil games,” Mohapi said.
“Unfortunately, football doesn’t work like that, it needs commitment and desire to win. We have tried everything, called in a psychologist, tried to rest them but still, there are no results.”
LCS coach Mpitsa Marai welcomed the win and said they would build on it going into their next match.
“It was not going to be an easy match considering that we have not really played well this season. The core of my team is out with injuries but I am happy with the results and that we bounced back from last weekend’s loss,” Marai said.
Marai also praised Snyders saying his performance has improved.
“He is slowly getting there. He will eventually understand how we want him to play. We just need to be patient with him,” he said.
The first match at LCS Ground saw Kick4Life and Lifofane sharing the spoils in a goalless draw while Lijabatho registered their first win of the season beating Swallows 0-2 at Ratjomose Ground.