Monday, July 15, 2024

Rollers defeat BDF XI to maintain lead

Township Rollers maintained their leadership of the Premier League after walloping BDF XI 3-2 at University of Botswana Stadium on Friday night.

The victory means Rollers have 25 points out of nine matches and are yet to lose a match. The victory also means that Ecco City Green remains the only main threat as other teams continue to drop valuable points.

Credit should, however, go to BDF XI for their gallant effort throughout the match. Despite getting into the match as under dogs the army boys did not lose hope as they fought with all they had.
They cut the supply to their rivals’ wings, which are their strong point. BDF XI strategy nearly paid off as Rollers could not play their normal game and it was not surprising when, by half time, the score was still goalless.

Immediately after half time, Rollers took the lead, courtesy of Joel Mogorosi’s header from a corner kick that BDF XI defence failed to clear.

Despite having height advantage BDF allowed Mogorosi to go for the header that left their youthful goalkeeper, Basimanebotlhe Moilwa, sprawling on the turf.

After the goal, BDF were like a house on fire as they fired from all cylinders but their finishing let them down.

Rollers doubled the lead in the 70th minute, again through Mogorosi, from a corner kick. The goal resulted in Rollers players developing complacency.

BDF took advantage of that and reduced the deficit through Jones Kwape, whom had been left unmarked in the 77th minute. Eight minutes later, Rollers scored the third one from their Malawian international, Lawrence Majawa.

Majawa’s goal stands to compete for goal of the season because it was a real cracker. He fired from long range after realising that Moilwa was a bit off the line.

BDF pulled one back in injury time, courtesy of Thatayaone Marumola.

BDF have not started the league well and have to collect maximum points in the coming matches or else they will find themselves in a precarious position.


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