Galaxy secures FA Cup in dramatic fashion

The Orange FA Cup final between Orapa United and Jwaneng Galaxy was full of drama towards the end with two late goals PIC.PHATSIMO KAPENG
The Orange FA Cup final between Orapa United and Jwaneng Galaxy was full of drama towards the end with two late goals PIC.PHATSIMO KAPENG

FRANCISTOWN: Botswana Premier League champions, Jwaneng Galaxy, rubber stamped their status as a solid force in local football after they reigned supreme over Orapa United in a drama filled Orange FA final. Galaxy won the match 2-1.

The match, played at the Obed Itani Chilume Stadium on Saturday, saw Galaxy join an elite rank of local clubs like Township Rollers by achieving a league and cup double. The first half was mainly subdued although Orapa had an upper hand, with forward Eric Ookame missing two significant scoring opportunities. Galaxy were denied what appeared to be a clear goal late in the first half. That was after defender, Thabo Leinanyane beat Orapa goalkeeper,Keeagile Kgosipula, with a well taken shot, after connecting with Gilbert Baruti’ s free kick. The defender was adjudged to have been offside although he appeared to be undoubtedly onside.

Galaxy started showing more intent after the break and were rewarded for their efforts in the 57th minute when an unmarked Thero Setsile scored with a neat header from the back post. Moments later, Kgosipula kept the Ostriches in the game when he acrobatically dealt with Baruti’s shot from close range after the latter had been set up by Daniel Msendami. The referee’s optional time was very dramatic for both sides. Tshepo Malgas was sent off in the 95th minute after he was pronounced to have denied Galaxy’s Wendell Rudath a clear goal scoring opportunity. Three minutes later, substitute Lemogang Maswena scored the crucial equaliser for Orapa after he pounced on a loose ball inside the goal area. That was after Galaxy failed to deal with Mpho Kgaswane’s long range free-kick that initially hit the post.

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