Linare con­tinue re­vival

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

A soli­tary goal from sello ra­pule handed linare their sec­ond win of the sea­son at lcs Ground on sun­day.

the vic­tory con­demned rovers to their first de­feat of the cam­paign af­ter the Na­tional Univer­sity of Le­sotho out­fit had been on a roll since re­turn­ing to the topflight league.

Tse Tala’s stun­ning 3-1 win over Mat­lama two weeks ago was dis­missed as a fluke by many pun­dits af­ter the Hlotse-based side had not won any of their first three league matches.

How­ever, sun­day’s win over rovers con­firmed the team’s re­vival and brought a new sense of self-belief among the Linare play­ers and their sup­port­ers.

in another league tie played on sun­day, li­oli re­turned to win­ning ways with a 3-1 win over lik­ila in Butha-buthe. the win came just a week af­ter Tse Nala dropped points for the first time this cam­paign fol­low­ing a goal­less draw against LDF.

Bafo­keng Mos­ala, Mon­toeli sonopo and thuso sup­ing net­ted the three goals to take the de­fend­ing league cham­pi­ons’ points to 13 af­ter five matches.

Li­oli lead the 14-team premier­ship ta­ble and are two points ahead of sec­ond-placed likhopo, while Mat­lama are third with 10 points.

the in-form likhopo were ram­pant on sun­day, thrash­ing strug­gling Mphat­lat­sane 4-1 at st Mon­ica’s.

On Satur­day, Mat­lama bounced back from their shock de­feat to linare the pre­vi­ous week­end, with a 3-2 win over lmps at lcs Ground.

Jane Tha­batšo scored the first goal for Tse Put­soa while Mote­bang Sera net­ted a brace to in­spire the Moses Maliehe-coached side to the morale-boost­ing win.

tefa Makhooane scored lmps’ two goals, leav­ing the po­lice out­fit scratch­ing their heads once again in puz­zle­ment at their bad luck as the team was match­ing Tse Put­soa pound-for-pound.

in Quthing, Bantu were held to a goal­less draw by rook­ies Liphakoe also on Satur­day, while lcs notched their third win of the cam­paign af­ter edg­ing LDF 1-0 at ratjo­mose Ground.

Also on satur­day, sun­dawana and Kick­4life drew 1-1 at old Europa.

Week­end re­sults at a glance Satur­day: liphakoe 0-0 Bantu, Mat­lama 3-2 lmps, Kick­4life 1-1 sun­dawana, LDF 0-1 lcs. Sun­day: Mphat­lalat­sane 1-4 likhopo, lik­ila 1-3 li­oli, rovers 0-1 linare.

Linare striker Tšiu Moorosi (left) fights for the ball with Mat­lama midfielder Phafa Tšosane in this file pic­ture.

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