TWO second half goalswithout reply from Teboho ‘Mota and Jane Thabantšo secured Matlama’s first league win against Linare in a Premier League tie played at LCS Ground yesterday.
Midfielder, ‘Mota, headed home PhafaTšosane’s well taken corner three minutes from half time to put Matlama in the lead while winger Thabantšo’s cracker wrapped the win for the home side an hour into the match.
The match started ina high tempo, with Matlama dominating possession in a bid to secure their first 2014/15 season win.
Thabantšo nearly broke the deadlock eight minutes from kick off but his header from a Mohau Khali cross was cleared for a corner by Linare goalkeeper, Dyke TšiuTšiu.
Tšiu was busier than his opposite number, producing vital saves to keep his side in the match. He savedMatlama midfielder, PaliTšalong’s, volley in the 38th minute.
The teams went into the break nil all but things changed in favour of the Seapoint-based outfit in the second stanza when ‘Motafound the opener with a header in the 48th minute before Thabantšo extended the lead on the 60th minute.
Linare nearly equalised in the 57th minute, but striker, Thabo Mafoso, was unfortunate to see his header from a TšepoThejane set piece hitting the cross bar.
Matlama were dominating the match and were seeing a lot of ball in the middle of the park that saw them creating many goal-scoring opportunities.
The match ended with both teams a man down after Matlama defender, LepolesaTekane, and Linare midfielder, KatlehoLebabo, were given their marching orders for dangerous play towards the end of the match.
In post-match interviews, Matlama coach Ndebele Taole praised his charges for their first league win, adding that it was the result of resolve.
“We played better than our previous matches today.The players showed hunger and determination to win this match,” Taole said.
“Linare is a very good side and our rivalry has been there for a long time, but our preparations were very good coming to this match.”
On his part,Linare assistant coach, Sejoale-JoaleMolefe, blamed lack offocus for his side’s lackluster performance.
“We started well but I think we lost concentration in the second stanza. That is why we conceded silly goals,” Molefe said.
In other news, Kick4Life beat Likila 1-0 to register their first win at Lesotho High School ground while LCS were held to a goalless draw by Sundawana in Butha- Buthe.
Meanwhile LDF hammered Mphatlalatsane 2-0 to register their second successive win in a match played at Ratjomose Ground.
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