. . . as Lioli edge Melele in Qacha’s Nek
LCS . . . 2
Nyenye Rovers . . . 1
Midfielder Karabelo Lasaro found the opener for Rovers through a 30th minute penalty, before the home side equalised through linkman Thato Moabi in the 45th minute. LCS then grabbed the winner through striker Thabane Rankara in the 52nd minute.
The match started at a very slow pace, with LCS enjoying much of the possession and capitalising on the inexperience of their youthful opponents.
However, the home side could not transfer their dominance into goals and, instead, found themselves behind after defender Poloko Mohapi fouled Nyenye striker Thabo Tsikinye inside the box, leading to the penalty.
But LCS kept pressing and were duly rewarded when Moabi tapped the ball in from a close range after Rovers keeper Tšepo George had failed to clear.
The match went to the half-time break at one-all, and LCS came back into the second half stronger, resulting in Rankara heading home Likano Teele’s cross.
The home side kept pressurising Rovers, searching to extend the lead but could not find the net again.
After the match, LCS assistant coach, Moshe Lephoto said he was happy with the team’s performance.
“We played very well today; the players stuck to our match-plan and I am very impressed with the result,” Lephoto said.
Rovers coach, Lebajoa Mphonngoa, on the other hand, said his side lacked confidence going into the match, hence the defeat.
“We lacked confidence, which made the players fail to play according to the game-plan,” Mphonngoa said.
Meanwhile, in another Premier League fixture played yesterday, Tšepo Seturumane scored the only goal of the tie as Lioli beat struggling Melele in Qacha’s Nek.