BY REITUMETSE MABALEHA
Maseru- On a Good Friday full of football action, teams moved up places on the log while others received beatings of their lives.
The most anticipated fixture of the day was that of Lioli FC and LCS FC. Prior to this game, they were fourth and second respectively on the log standings.
The first fifteen minutes of the game showed little to no spark. Most of the action was in the middle of the pitch. Both keepers, Jessy Matsie and Sam Ketsekile were the most relaxed of the twenty two players. The first real chance came from LCS. It was a through ball that was well executed by Sepiriti Malefane, only to be deflected by Shetsane.
Fast forward to the half hour mark, these two teams were still struggling to break through each other’s defences. They went to the break still on stalemate.
In the second half, they introduced Boikanyo Diutlwileng and Tumelo Makha. This was clear that the coach wanted to press more when going forward. It clearly worked because they both tried to frustrate the defence, but the hardest part was breaking through.
Lioli had their chance on the sixtieth minute, via a shot that was curled from the outside of the box. It went to just over the cross bar; marginally. That was about it. Matsie was tested towards the end of the game, but he was well off on his post. He blocked a stunner that could have surely given the hosts a goal. A nil all draw is how the game ended.
Prior to the above mentioned match, LFD FC and LMPS FC faced each other in a very physical match. It was in this game that two players got red cards. This one was one player per team. The game was very physical. Players were fighting both physically and verbally.
Central referee showed the matching orders, rightly so. Tsepo Toloane scored a winning goal in the dying minutes of the game. It was a cracker, which beat LMPS’s defenders, and that’s how they collected maximum points.
In other results, Swallows lost to Sefothafotha by three goals to one on Saturday at Ratjomose grounds. On Easter Friday, Bantu thrashed Majantja by a whopping six goals to one at Mohale’s Hoek. On Monday the 22nd, they also won a match against Liphakoe by three goals to one.
On the same Monday, Matlama beat Majantja by five goals to nil.
Now the battle of the premiership, top 4 and Top 8 still continues.