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TOP THREE KEEP THE TITLE RACE TIGHT

BY REITUMETSE MABALEHA

Maseru- The top three of the teams collected maximum points this past weekend in the Econet Premier League.

The log leaders Matlama were playing against their fellow Maseru-based Likhopo on Saturday, the April 13th. They were looking to extend their lead on the pinnacle of the log, should they win.

Very early into the game, on the 2nd minute, Matlama broke the deadlock, courtesy of Motebang Sera. It was a beautiful shot that showed his maturity in front of the goals.  For a few minutes, they had Likhopo under their command. They could not complete a handful passes.

But that only lasted for a few minutes. Likhopo regained composure. Towards the half hour mark, Matlama was below par with ball possession. Likhopo was more dominant, when going forward, in the middle of the park, and defensively.

Matlama doubled their lead on the 32nd minute via Jane Thabants’o. It was a beauty. He capitalised on the defenders’ error; they couldn’t clear the ball.

They went into the break with Matlama in the lead. In the second stanza on the game, Likhopo was a more pressing team. They dominated most parts, but could not convert their chances. And, 2-0 is how it ended.

On the other game LCS locked horns with relegation-threatened Majantja. They maintained their second position. They won one nil, in a clash that Majantja hosted in Mohale’s Hoek.

The other clash that most anticipated was that of LDF and Bantu.  They faced each other for the third time this season. On the last two occasions, LDF came out dominant. These were league and cup games. A draw in league game and a win in a cup match.

Bantu won the game by two goals to nil. They are still fourth on the log behind LCS and Matlama.

On fourth is Lioli FC. They played a stalemate with Sefothafotha; a team that gives the ‘top’ teams tough times. Of all these four teams, Bantu has lost on two occasions, and drew many games. It is the only team that has conceded fewer goals; less than ten, only seven goals. Lioli has lost the most with nine losses and three draws.

 

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