MORENA Mohliminyane’s lone goal was enough to see Likhopo upset Lioli by 1-0 in Teyateyaneng yesterday afternoon.
Lioli continued with their inconsistency in the league as they came into this match after thumping Linare 3-0 but they had previously lost 2-0 to Liphakoe.
The Red Army, as Likhopo is affectionately known, made their intentions clear from the word go pushing Lioli for an early goal.
It took the Halemakale Mahlaha’s charges 15 minutes to break the deadlock as Lioli goalkeeper Liteboho Mokhehle, who retuned to the team’s first line-up after a full year, failed to deal with a Thabiso Mari shot from outside the box.
Mokhehle parried the ball onto Mohlominyane’s feet and he made no mistake finding the back of the net much to the chagrin of Lioli supporters.
Swirtberth Kum could have leveled the matters for Lioli on the 24th minute but mis killed his shot and missed an open net.
Desperate to protect their lead, Likhopo sat back and tried to catch Lioli on breaks, a move which seemed to work as they went to the half time break still in the lead.
Ten minutes after the break Lioli made their first substitute with Motlalepula Mofolo coming in for Montoeli Sonopo.
Lioli kept on pushing for an equaliser with Kum always looking dangerous when on the ball.
The Lioli marksman tried his luck for a goal on the hour mark with a well struck shot from range but it went narrowly wide of the goal.
It was now a one-way road with Lioli throwing everything at Likhopo in search for a goal but Likhopo remained solid at the back.
Lioli once again lost a golden opportunity to level the matters with Lekhooa Salebone shooting wide from inside the six yards after a Sheetsane Ramoseeka header landed on his feet on 75 minutes.
The referee of the day had to stop the match for about eight minutes after his assistant was attacked by Lioli supporters, six minutes before final whistle.
Lioli players had to go and calm their frustrated supporters.
Moetsuoa Mokhejane was the only substitute for Likhopo on the day coming in for Tsobotsi Morobe on the 87th minute.
Mahlaha was delighted with his charges’ performance and said the win would be a motivation for better results in the coming matches.
“This is a good result for us,” Mahlaha said adding: “Lioli is a big team and cannot be compared with us who are playing mostly young players so this will boost their moral”.
“Our only challenge now is inconsistency which is something that we have to work hard on,” Mahlaha said.
In other league matches Sefotha-fotha edged Majantja 2-1 at PTC Ground while Bantu beat Swallows 2-0.