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Rollers maintain unbeaten run

BMC midfilder, Amos Godirwang (right) tackles Rollers' speedy winger, Kobamelo Kebaikanye. PIC: KAGISO ONKATSWITSE
MOLEPOLOLE: Township Rollers defeated BMC 3-1 in an exciting top of the table clash played here yesterday. Rollers remain unbeaten this season after the victory, while BMC tasted their first defeat of the season.

Goals from Sikele, Manqoba Ngwenya and an own goal from BMC defender, Thabo Mothibi ensured the defending champions remain perched at the summit of the log standings. BMC also retain their second position despite the defeat after Mochudi Centre Chiefs went down 2-1 to Orapa United yesterday. The first scoring opportunity came Rollers’way after just three minutes into kickoff. Maano Ditshupo released Motsholetsi Sikele on the far right and Jerome Louis tried to connect the cross into the net, but BMC goalkeeper, Moatlhodi Ndana was quick to spot danger and parried away. The game was fairly balanced up to the middle of the first half although BMC did not create opportunities up to that time. Rollers were forced to make a change following Louis’ injury in the 25th minute. Manqoba Ngwenya replaced him up front.

Four minutes later, Rollers took the lead through Thabo Mothibi’s own goal. Kobamelo Kebaikanye delivered a harmless ball into the box. Mothibi and Ndana failed to communicate effectively leading to an own goal. BMC were also forced to tamper with their line up after defender, Tumisang Sekanonyana was pulled out with an injury. He

was replaced by Kutlo Sejeso. Rollers had another chance to increase the lead with just about two minutes before half time, but Segolame Boy squandered the opportunity. A minute later Kebaikanye hit the upright. Rollers had another easy goal following another mistake at the back by Ndana and carried a 2-0 lead going into halftime.

In the second half, BMC pushed numbers forward in search of a goal and created chances. Tshepo Motlhabankwe’s long-range effort went narrowly over the bar, while Amos Godirwang’s shot forced a save from Rollers’goalkeeper, Mwampule Masule. However it was Rollers who scored again through Ngwenya who capitalised on Ndana’s failure to handle the ball properly. BMC pulled one back through Nqobile Mpala, but it was not enough to avoid their first defeat of the season.


The Line-ups:

Rollers: Mwampule Masule, Obonye Moswate, Otlantshekela Mooketsi (Thato Bolweleng), Simisane Mathumo, Lawrence Majawa, Sikele, Ditshupo, Louis (Ngwenya), Boy (Gofaone Tiro), Kebaikanye

BMC: Ndana, Thabo Leinanyane, Sekanonyana (Sejeso), Tshepo Motlhabankwe, Mothibi, Kabo Rasuping (Kaone Molefe), Amos Godirwang, Boitshoko Zikhale, Kenanao Kgetholetsile, Sageby Sandaka (Mathews Moruti), Mpala

Cautions: Zikhale, Sikele, Mothibi, Sejeso

Referee: Uyapo Julius


Rollers 3 (Mothibi, Sikele, Ngwenya)

BMC 1 (Mpala)




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