Matlama run riot
IT RAINED goals yesterday when Matlama registered a 4-0 win over struggling Swallows in an Econet Premier League tie at Ratjomose Ground yesterday.
Phafa Tšosane, Lehlomela Ramabele, Lebajoa Mosehlenyane and second half substitute Motebang Sera all registered a goal apiece to help the Thabile Secker coached outfit to cement their place at the summit of the 14-team league table.
Yesterday’s win saw Matlama move from to 14 points with a goal difference of 12.
Tšosane broke the deadlock for the visitors 10 minutes into the first half with a fabulous set piece about 10 meters outside the penalty area after he was fouled by a Swallows defender.
Swallows had a tough time dealing with Matlama’s speedy attacking players and were forced to always sit back in their own half.
Tse Putsoa kept on pilling the pressure on Swallows and their efforts finally paid off once 35 minutes. This time it was Ramabele who freely headed home Mosehlenyane’s cross form the corner.
Swallows’ first attempt at goal came deep in the dying minutes of the first half from talented midfielder Retšelisitsoe Mopeli but he was unlucky as his nicely taken shot from range narrowly missed the target and went over the bar.
The match went into the break with Swallows trailing by two goals.
Matlama came back into the second stanza still the better of the two sides and Tšosane nearly extended the lead for the Sea Point based outfit on the 52nd minute but Swallows were rescued by the up right.
Swallows shortly made a double substitute introducing goalkeeper Teboho Khoabane for Karabo Motsamai while striker Mohau Khali also came on for Tebelo Leshoella.
Khoabane was first tested on the 64th minute with a header from Jane Thabantso.
It didn’t take Matlama long to extend the lead and this time around it was the speedy winger Mosehlenyane who collected the ball down the right flank and beat one defender before beating Khoabane on the near post to put Matlama on three goals.
Matlama made their first substitutes on the 68th minute introducing Mabuti Potloane and Sera for Ramabele and Teboho Lillane.
Swallows made their last substitute on the 75th minute with Thabo Lietsiso coming in for Nkopane Hlaoli while Matlama substituted Bushy Moletsane for Reitumetsi Linkoane in 82nd minute.
Sera easily tapped in from Mosehlenyane’s cross to wrap up a win for Matlama on 90 minutes.
Secker said he was happy with the results although he expressed disappointment with his charges’ attitude towards Swallows.
“Of course, it is important that we have won a match and I am happy for that but I am not impressed with how we played because it looked like my players were undermining Swallows and that is what happens most of times when we play with teams that they believe are small,” Secker said.
However, Secker said it was important that they are scoring many goals while at the same time are not conceding many.
“Goals are very important because there will come a time when they will work for us so I am happy that at least we are scoring goals. We have scored 12 goals and conceded only once in six matches that counts for something,” Secker said.
Elsewhere, Likhopo registered their first win of the season with a 2-0 win over Sefotha-fotha at PTC ground.
The Galaxy and Linare match ended in a goalless stalemate at Maputsoe DIFA ground while Majantja and Liphakoe shared spoils in a 1-1 draw at Mohale’s Hoek DIFA Ground.