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LCS march on

Pascalinah Kabi

LCS …….. (2) 2

Linare ….. (0) 0

MASERU — Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) yesterday boosted their chances of reclaiming the league title when they thumped Linare by two goals to nil at Central Prison in Maseru.

The correctional side last won the league title in 2008.

The victory took Masheshena to the top of the Vodacom Premier League log on 24 points, a point ahead of their nearest rivals Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) who take on Maduma in a blood and thunder encounter in Butha-Buthe this afternoon.

At Central Prison, Masheshena started the match on a high note when they found the back of the net after just three minutes.

Midfielder Ralekoti Mokhahlane unleashed a screamer just after the centre circle which Linare goalkeeper Phoka Matete never saw.

It was a fabulous strike that appeared to galvanise the side to go out in search of more goals.

The prisons side cemented their grip on the game when they scored a second goal from the penalty spot in the 23rd minute.

Linare’s Tatolo Mphuthing was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the box leaving referee Lebalang Mokete with no option but to point to the spot.

And up stepped LCS striker Lawrence Molengoane who smashed the ball sending Linare goalkeeper Matete the wrong way.

But the goal appeared to have roused the visitors into life as they made desperate forays into the opposition’s territory.

In the 29th minute Linare were unlucky not to have scored after some desperate defending by LCS.

In the 30th minute Linare midfielder Potloane Mabuti missed a glorious opportunity to help his team crawl back into the game when his free kick missed the upright by inches.

Roboti blasted the ball over the bar with the goal at his mercy.

After the break Linare were unlucky not to have found the back of the net after just three minutes into the second half.

But all their efforts to stage a great comeback failed as LCS held on to a crucial victory.

Speaking to the Sunday Express after the match, Linare mentor Pitso Mosothoane said the match had clearly exposed the need to strengthen the team’s striking department.

Linare succumbed to a morale sapping defeat to Bantu in Mafeteng last week. Yesterday’s defeat was the second in a fortnight.

“It (the defeat) sends a clear message to the team. The losses are a wake-up call and we must go back to the drawing board especially with our strikers,” Mosothoane said.

“The game was well-balanced but the other team was able to take its chances. There is a lot that we must do especially on our striking department.

“We must know as a team that glory is not manna that comes from heaven but one has to work for it,” he said.

On the other hand, Masheshena head coach Mafa ‘Ribbo’ Ramakau was a happy man.

“I am very happy with today’s results because we have managed to take back the team to a position where it belongs and where people want it to be,” Ramakau said.

The league match between Bantu and Likhopo was abandoned after 10 minutes due to heavy rains that lashed Mafeteng yesterday.

At St Monica’s, Mphatlatsane and Joy played out to a nil-all draw in the other league match played yesterday.

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