Li­oli run riot

Sunday Express - - FRONT PAGE - Moorosi Tsiane

Li­oLi thrashed Liphakoe 3-0 at Set­soto Sta­dium yes­ter­day to ce­ment their place at the top of the Vo­da­com Premier League.

Goals from Ba­sia Makepe, Bushy Mo­let­sane and Nkoto Ma­soabi sealed Li­oli’s em­phatic win and took the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons’ tally to 49 points — three more than sec­ond-placed Mat­lama who face fifth-placed Bantu to­day.

The first half started with lot of ac­tion in the mid­dle of the park but both teams could not cre­ate goal-scor­ing chances, leav­ing fans frus­trated.

it took Li­oli 35 min­utes to break the dead­lock when Makepe tapped-in Tsoanelo Koe­tle’s cor­ner af­ter Liphakoe goal­keeper Tšilo Tšilo had failed to clear the ball.

Af­ter the goal, Li­oli started the domi- nate pro­ceed­ings as they went in search of a sec­ond.

Five min­utes later, their ef­forts paid off when Ma­soabi com­bined with Mo­let­sane who then swept past the keeper to put Li­oli two goals up.

Two min­utes later, Liphakoe sub­sti­tuted Mot­latsi Nkhabu who had a very quiet game, for Neo Skosana, but the game still went to the break 2-0 in favour of Tse Nala.

Af­ter half-time, Li­oli kept pil­ing pres­sure on Liphakoe, forc­ing the vis­it­ing side to make an­other sub­sti­tu­tion in the 50th minute as Mo­hau Ram­mo­neng made way for Tšepang Makapa.

The change did not bring the much­needed dif­fer­ence as Liphakoe con­tin­ued to strug­gle against their well-or­gan­ised op­po­nents.

Li­oli then in­tro­duced Mon­toeli Sonopo for Lekhanya Lekhanya in the 53rd min- ute and the move paid div­i­dends as Tse

Nala’s at­tack­ing flair went a gear up. Li­oli were then forced to pull out Tumelo Khut­lang af­ter the mid­fielder in­jured his an­kle in the 73rd minute and he was re­placed by Rasetabele Kalosane.

A minute later, play had to be stopped af­ter a Liphakoe sup­porter in­vaded the pitch.

How­ever, play soon re­sumed af­ter the fan was forced off the turf by Liphakoe coach Teele Ntšonyana.

An­other mis­for­tune hit Li­oli in the 76th minute when goal­keeper Lite­boho Mokhehle was shown a straight red card for a foul on Makapa who had a clear scor­ing chance in­side the penalty arch.

Kalosane was then sac­ri­ficed for an­other goal­keeper Kananelo Makhooane.

How­ever, Liphakoe still failed to cap­i­tal­ize on their nu­mer­i­cal ad­van­tage and it was Ma­soabi who ham­mered in the fi- nal nail for Li­oli five min­utes from time with a fine header from Jerry Kamela’s cor­ner kick.

Af­ter the match, Li­oli coach Mosholu Mokhothu said he was happy for his team as they were get­ting closer to de­fend­ing their ti­tle.

“i am happy with the re­sult be­cause it has pushed us closer to league glory. it was im­por­tant for us to win this match be­cause we were at par with Mat­lama but now we are three points ahead of them.

“But i am not re­ally im­pressed with some of the ref­eree’s de­ci­sions be­cause they re­ally af­fected us,” Mokhothu said.

in other matches played yes­ter­day, LDF and Sun­dawana drew 0-0 at Ratjo­mose, while LCS and Likhopo also set­tled for a goal­less stale­mate at LCS Ground.

Kick­4Life beat Lik­ila United 2-1 in Butha-Buthe in the last match of the day.

Liphakoe winger Retha­bile Let­seka (right) tries to out­wit Li­oli striker Nkoto Ma­soabi in yes­ter­day’s league match played at Set­soto Sta­dium.

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