Sophia Stars beat Love and Peace

Grocott's Mail - - SPORT - By CHRIS TOTOBELA

The Makana LFA saw some more in­tense ac­tion on Satur­day 3 Fe­bru­ary, when the Sophia Stars locked horns with Love and Peace in a Premier League clash. The game started very slow, with the first 15 min­utes of the game see­ing lit­tle ac­tion as both teams did not cre­ate much.

The pace started pick­ing up and both teams started to show some ur­gency in their build ups but still strug­gled to stir­ring three to four passes to­gether. Al­though they did not cre­ate a lot of scor­ing chances, they did not make use of the few they had as both teams were very poor in front of goals.

Play was then halted for about six min­utes when one of the as­sis­tant ref­er­ees de­cided to quit. The game re­sumed af­ter a re­place­ment was found. De­spite the poor of­fi­ci­at­ing, the teams tried hard to put some life into the game. It was not sur­pris­ing, how­ever, to see the ref­eree fail­ing to send off a Love and Peace player who reck­lessly kicked an op­po­nent from be­hind af­ter be­ing fouled. It was also up­set­ting to see the ref­eree us­ing his own fin­gers to cau­tion play­ers in­stead of cards. The teams went into half­time level at 0-0.

The se­cond half started at a high pace and both teams started play­ing some foot­ball by string­ing to­gether some good passes, but were still waste­ful in front of goal.

The game be­came more tense and there were dan­ger­ous tack­les fly­ing all over the field.

Love and Peace started putting more pres­sure on their op­po­nents and it came as no sur­prise when they took the lead af­ter a good move which was fin­ished by Likhona Dyokwe who out-sprinted Sophia’s de­fence. Love and Peace had numer­ous clear-cut chances to kill the game off but failed to make use of them.

Stars made some changes and slowly fought their way back into the game. They started a good move from the back putting some neat passes to­gether and Lukhanyo Nt­sipha caught Love and Peace’s de­fence ball watch­ing and scored the equaliser.

Both teams pushed hard in search of a win­ner and with less than 10 min­utes be­fore the fi­nal whis­tle, Love and Peace’s goal keeper made a se­ri­ous blun­der when one of his de­fend­ers played a back pass to him and he cleared the ball in­side the field when he was way too far from his goal.

Tho­bela Nt­shali eas­ily in­ter­cepted the ball and took a beau­ti­ful shot from not that far away from the half­way line to score a great goal that was wor­thy match win­ner.

Love and Peace only had them­selves to blame as they had so many chances to win the game. Fi­nal score 2-1 to Sophia Stars.

In other ex­cit­ing games, log lead­ers City Pi­rates de­feated Cameroon 3-1 and San­tos beat Young Killers by 3-2.

The LFA con­tin­ued on Sun­day, with the re­sults read­ing as fol­lows: Joza Cal­lies 2-1 Newseek­ers Cameroon 6-0 Golden Broth­ers City Pi­rates 3-2 Pil­lars San­tos 3-2 Jacaranda Aces Re­becca City 2-1 Love and Peace Sophia Stars 3-1

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