SELEBI-PHIKWE: Pacesetters BR Highlanders edged Real Movers 1- 0 to remain at the summit of the Debswana First Division North in an entertaining encounter played at the Sam Sono Stadium on Saturday.
Stimela have now stretched their tally run to 15 points after six games.
Real Movers made the first attempt after 11 minutes, when Keleabetswe Gaasitege played a sumptuous through ball for Matlhogonolo Tekeletso who did well on his first touch, but his shot was brilliantly saved by Highlanders shot stopper Lapologang Molathegi.
Highlanders’ real chance came in the 25th minute, when Boikobo Osupile laid a superb pass to the right where Letsile Montsho did exceptionally well to beat the Movers defence and smartly placing the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper. However, the superb effort was cleared off the line by Mogakolodi Segolame.
With a minute to go for break, Highlanders had an opportunity at the opposite end, as Emmanuel Thakadu broke away to set Osupile inside the box but the latter skied his shot wide to sum up the first half.
From the break both teams looked determined to get the lead, Movers had a golden chance on the 65th minute. Thapelo Keitumetse came racing in to get a loose ball in the box but he seemed to snatch the ball and eventually sent a tame effort into the keeper’s clutches. Highlanders made the first substitution bringing in their danger man Temo Keorileng for Montsho.
The substitution looked to have ignited fire in Highlanders attack as they began piling pressure on the
Kediemetse Radikoko was shown a red card with five minutes remaining after a harsh tackle on Mogakolodi Balatotse. Balatotse almost added the second but was unlucky to see his stinging long range drive going inches wide with the keeper well beaten.
Highlanders assistant coach, Isaac Masobe said they decided to use a lone striker and pack the midfield in order to deny Real Movers a chance to play.
He said they knew that they would increase the tempo of the game in the second half hence the substitutions. Newly appointed Movers coach Mogakolodi ‘Stix’ Chepete rued missed chances, which he believed could have won him the game. He said they would work on converting chances and being confident on the ball going into their next game.
Real Movers: Mompati Basaako, Modumedi Balotlhanyi, Chikadza Masole, Kediemetse Radikoko, Derrick Ramofi, Mogakolodi Segolame, Keleabetswe Gaasitege, Matlhogonolo Tekeletso (Mokaedi Pogiso), Vincent Marumo, Morgan Gaseitsiwe (Baboloki Maphakela), Thapelo Keitumetse
Highlanders: Lapologang Molathegi, Gofamodimo Samuel, Setshwaneng Oletile, Keabetswe Obenetse, Onkarabile Tsheko, Tilly Setlhako, Letsile Montsho (Temo Keorileng), Boikobo Osupile, Emmanuel Thakadu (Thabang Mooketsi), Mogakolodi Balatotse, Tumo Keiketlile