Boy Winner Hands Rollers Triumph In Jwaneng



A second half Segolame Boy goal handed Township Rollers a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Jwaneng Galaxy in a Botswana Premier League match played on Saturday afternoon at the Galaxy Stadium in Jwaneng.

Rollers had the attacking edge in the first 30 minutes of the game, only for Galaxy to look threatening in the final 15 minutes of the first half.

The two sides went hammer and tongs at each other in the second half and it took a well taken Boy finish to separate the two and win the contest for Popa.

THE TEAM

Dambe, Sikele, Mathumo, Madi, Tshireletso, Gaolaolwe, Mpolokang, Molebatsi (Baatlheng 83) Boy, Dion, Morwalela (Ochieng 71)

THE MATCH

Rollers took control of a high intensity first half from early on.

Tlhalefo Molebatsi saw his sixth minute shot go narrowly wide, before Galaxy goalkeeper Ryan Brown made a one handed save to tip out another Molebatsi attempt curled in from the edge of the box in the 12th minute.

Popa attacker Bame Morwalela then had his 18th minute close range shot blocked by Galaxy defender Lesego Keredilwe.

It took half and hour for Galaxy to have a shot on goal; Wendel Rudath forcing a save off of Kabelo Dambe in the 31st minute, before five minutes later Dambe heroics kept the scoreline goalless; the Blues goal minder outstretching his feet to block a Thabang Sesinyi close range attempt.

Late on in the first half the two sides had a right go at each other; Brown making saves from Rollers forwards Aaron Marc Dion then Morwalela; on the other end Sesinyi ballooning the ball over the bar from close range.

Rollers would get the lead in the second half through Boy.

A beautiful Rollers move involving Kutlwelo Mpolokang and Motsholetsi Sikele ended with Sikele whipping in a cross from the right wing met by a well executed Boy finish in the box as Popa took a 62nd minute lead.

With Galaxy seeking the equaliser Rollers had to work hard to close down the hosts’ attacking space. Mosha Gaolaolwe, deployed in a central midfield holding role, and Lebeau Binemo Madi, in central defence alongside Simisani Mathumo, were particularly effective to keep out the Galaxy attack.

Rollers kept looking for a cushion second goal; Galaxy goalkeeper Ryan Brown making a crucial save to keep out a well struck Sikele shot in the 72nd minute.

On the other end, Dambe saved two Rudath attempts; first a free kick in the 80th minute, then from open play in the 86th. Sandwiched between those chances for the hosts, Sesinyi once more missed a gilt edged chance, shooting over the bar from close range.

Rollers emerged the 1-0 victors, as the second placed Blues reached 63 points to place daylight between themselves and third placed Galaxy, who stay on 55 points but will hope to make up lost ground as they play their game in hand against top of the log Gaborone United midweek.

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