LDF were too hot to handle for Likhopo thumping as they beat them 0-6 at a Vodacom Premier League (VPL) match played at LCS Ground yesterday.
Katleho Makateng, Morena Moloi scored a brace each while Letlatsa Moshoeshoe and Tšepo Toloane scored a goal each.
While LDF returned to action just over a month after their 1-0 defeat to Linare last December, Likhopo had last played a league match last July losing to LCS by a similar score line.
Yesterday’s win saw LDF moving one place up to third in the table with 33 points from 16 matches. Likhopo remained 13th with 15 points from 18 games.
After appearing content with sizing each other without any goal mouth action for the first five minutes, Likhopo’s Mokhothu Motooane made the first attempt firing from distance on 18 minutes. However, his strike was easily dealt with by LDF goalkeeper, Teboho Ratibisi.
A few minutes later, LDF’s Makateng forced Likhopo goalkeeper, Letsema Zama to make a brilliant save.
But despite dominating possession for the better part of the first half, LDF had to wait until the 42nd minute to get the lead through Toloane.
Likhopo responded by introducing Sootho Liphoto for Mafa Mokhoele.
Just a minute into the second half, LDF immediately doubled their lead through Makateng before Moshoeshoe made it three on 55th minute.
On 57th minutes, Likhopo refreshed their attack introducing Lehlohonolo Tšukulu for Moqolisi Mothae.
The game immediately became one-sided with Likhopo showing signs of fatigue. LDF capitalised on that and Moloi scored his fourth goal on 60 minutes. He completed his brace two minutes later.
LDF made their first substitution on the 65th minute introducing Motlatsi Kokoana for Toloane.
Likhopo responded by substituting Matooane and Leluma Posholi for Mahooana Mashale and Rorisang Maine respectively.
However, that didn’t stop LDF from continuing its rampage with Makateng completing his brace on the 80th minute.
Towards the end of the game, LDF rested goalkeeper, Ratibisi to hand young Thabelo Makhoshane his Vodacom Premier League debut while Moloi was replaced by Motlalepula Maselinyane.
Likhopo coach, Halemakale Mahlaha, said the result reflected the side’s off the field problems. He was however, reluctant to elaborate.
“We are having some off the field problems that seem to be affecting the players,” Mahlaha said.
“For example, we last played a league match last July but towards today’s (yesterday’s) game, we didn’t even have a single friendly to prepare the boys. However, we hope things will get better.’
He admitted that the defeat was likely to demotivate his young players but said he would do all he could to restore their confidence.
On his part, LDF coach, Mohapi Motheo, said his side benefited from converting the chances it created.
“For the longest time, we have been struggling to convert our chances but things are getting better. We needed this win especially at this time of the year to boost the players’ confidence,” Motheo said.
In another goals’ galore at the same venue yesterday, LCS also thrashed Swallows 5-0.
Thetso Posholi, Makara Ntaitsane, Refiloe Mothae scored one goal each while Liutlwileng Molefe scored a brace for LCS.
In another game, Kick4Life edged LMPS 0-1 at LDF.