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LMPS hammered

Mikia Kalati

MASERU — Two first half goals by Tšepo Seturumane helped Lioli register a convincing 2-0 win over LMPS in the opening premier league match of the 2012/13 season played in Teyeteyaneng yesterday.
Seturumane, a product of Tse Nala youth teams, opened the account in the 23rd minute. The left footed winger added his second of the day just minutes before the half time break to give Lioli a healthy lead.
The lanky winger beat LMPS goal-keeper Lekunutu Tšoeunyane, for the first goal after being provided with a defence splitting pass by midfield maestro Motlalepula Mofolo.
Seturumane was at it again minutes later finishing off a good pass from playmaker Bushy Moletsane to register a brace in the opening day of the new league campaign.
The Teyateyaneng based outfit were the better team from the first whistle of the match. The midfield trio of Moletsane, Mofolo and new acquisition Tšoanelo Koetle dictated the match in the middle of the park and Tse Nala seemed to have won the match from then.
Moletsane and Seturumane failed to increase the score-line wasting a number of good scoring opportunities.
Speedy winger Montoeli Sonopo replaced Seturumane in the 78th minute and nearly added the third goal just minutes after getting onto the pitch.
The diminutive Lesotho youth international hit the cross-bar with a thunderous shot that seemed to have already beaten LMPS goalkeeper.
The police side’s defence failed to cope with the attack and pressure thrown to them by the home side leading to them losing a player.
Full back Hape Possa was shown a red card with 10 minutes to play for a dangerous tackle on Lioli midfielder Moletsane.
Lioli coach Lehlohonolo Thotanyana hailed his team after the convincing win over LMPS.
“I’m happy with the result, the important thing is that we beat LMPS to end the hoodoo that has seen us struggle to beat them over the years,” said Thotanyana.
“Not only did we get a win, but we also played attractive football that impressed our fans,” the coach said.
LMPS coach Lelia Makubakube blamed lack of concentration for his team’s poor showing.
“We failed to play according to the rules, Lioli were the better side and deserved to win the match,” he said.
He said they will go back to the drawing board to rectify their mistakes.
In other league matches scheduled for this afternoon, newly promoted Qoaling Highlanders host Matlama at LCS ground, champions LCS will be away to Joy in Hlotse, Linare host Likhopo, last season runners-up LDF play Mpharane Celtics and star studded Bantu visit league rookies Nyenye Rovers.

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