MASERU — Lioli beat Matlama 2 – 1 yesterday in an exciting Vodacom Lesotho Premier League match played at Setsoto stadium.
The Teyateyaneng-based outfit were the better side from the first whistle and it came as no surprise when Congolese striker Junior Maba capitalised on Tse Putsoa’s poor defending
to put his side ahead in the seventh minute.
Lioli seemed to be growing in strength after getting the opening goal, with star midfielder Bushy
Moletsane dictating the battle in the midfield.
However, Lioli striker Bafokeng Mosala failed to take advantage of the Matlama defence who
seemed to be struggling to get it right at the back.
Mosala finally found the back of the net on the 47th minute when he beat Matlama goalkeeper Sello Thetsane to secure Lioli’s second goal.
Soon afterwards, the Sea Point-based outfit gained momentum and came back fighting.
The experienced duo of Pali Tsalong and Dlomo Monaphathi along with Phafa Tšosane seemed
determined to bring their team back into the game.
Tse Putsoa’s “never die attitude” finally paid off in the 79th minute when defender Ngoako Mapheele brought
down Hlomelang Theko in the penalty box.
Pali Tšalong easily slotted the penalty kick past Isaiah Mosala who had replaced the injured first choice goalkeeper Mohau Kuenane just after half time.
The goal seemed to give Matlama hope and the 2011 Vodacom Spectacular competition champions piled more pressure on Lioli in search of an equaliser.
However, it was not easy as former Lioli captain Thabo Masualle and his defence fought hard to keep their side in the game.
“We started very well, scored two early goals and gave a good fight
until the end,” said goalkeeper Mohau Kuenane.
The Likuena first choice goalkeeper said they were now eyeing to secure a top four finish.
“The team is gaining confidence with each game and we will keep the fighting spirit to the last game of the season against LDF next week,” said the goal minder.
The win moved Lioli to fifth position, just a point behind Matlama on fourth position.
Elsewhere, champions LCS demolished Maduma 5 – 1.
The Khukhune based side seem to be well on their way to the A division side along with Majantja who rooted at the bottom of the log table.
Premier league results (Saturday)
LMPS 1 – 1 Bantu
LCS 5 – 1 Maduma
LDF 0 – 0 Majantja
Linare 0 – 0 Likhopo
Celtics 2 – 2 Joy
Matlama 1 – 2 Lioli