Goals from Tlhalefo Molebatsi and Segolame Boy late in both halves of the game handed Township Rollers a 2-0 victory over Mahalapye Railways Highlanders in a Premier League match played at the Serowe Sports Complex on Sunday afternoon.
Popa gave a dominant display throughout, producing numerous chances, but a combination of poor finishing and good goalkeeping by the opposing goalie Thabo Masule denied Rollers what should have been victory by a much bigger margin.
But the Blues will take many positives from a match where good ball circulation, attacking energy and two goals returned Popa to winning ways.
Dambe, Sikele, Mathumo, Gaolaolwe, Tshireletso, Mpolokang (Ditshupo 79), Serameng (Moremi 88), Molebatsi (Moalosi 79), Boy (Mankanku 88), Dion (Morwalela 71), Ochieng
Owing to the heavy weekend rains, parts of the Serowe Sports Complex pitch were water logged but match officials decided to proceed, with efforts made to reduce the wetness of the artificial turf.
With the rain not pouring for the duration of the match, the ball managed to properly roll and bounce for most of the game.
After the kickoff, 14 minutes later than the scheduled time, Rollers dominated throughout. In a short period of time, Highlanders goalkeeper Thabo Masule made three crucial saves to deny Ivorian forward Aaron March Dion.
In the 23rd minute, Masule saved a Dion shot, before rising to deny the Ivorian’s header three minutes later, and a further three minutes on, Masule left his line to block Dion who was on a breakthrough run after a sublime Kutlwelo Mpolokang through pass.
Rollers dominating the early play, goalless after ten minutes
Rollers still pressing forward. No clear chances as yet but poor decision making in the final third -picking the wrong final pass- has cost the Blues chances in the attacking third
In the 36th minute, Masule was called upon once more, saving a Mpolokang shot shot taken from the edge of the box.
Five minutes before the break, Boy set Ovella Ochieng on a run up the right flank, and the Kenyan international played in a good cross into the path of Lemponye Tshireletso whose header went just wide.
On the stroke of half time, Boy played in a cross deep into the box in the direction of Dion and Molebatsi; and it would be Molebatsi heading home to break the deadlock and hand Rollers the 45th minute 1-0 lead.
Early in the second half, Molebatsi nearly had his second but his close range attempt went narrowly wide.
As Popa kept up the search for a second, a low Boy header hit the upright, before going out in the 58th minute.
Three minute later, Boy cleverly dummied his opponent on the right side of the box, made his way into the danger zone, before his cross located Dion, who was just a metre from the goal line. The Ivorian forward’s header ricocheted off the cross bar, onto the goal line before moving back into play.
Two minute later Dion, who worked hard all game to get into attacking positions but was unfortunate in front of goal, saw another attempt saved by Masule.
In the 80th minute, Rollers finally made it 2-0. Edwin Moalosi, who was introduced into the pitch a minute before, provided an assist with his first touch, locating Boy who struck from close range to give the Blues the cushion second goal.
Three minutes later, Moalosi released Ochieng who shot wide from the box. Ochieng nearly made amends two minutes later but saw his attempt go across goal and agonizingly out.
It stayed 2-0 to the Blues, who stay second on the log on 56 points. Rollers next play Prisons XI on Good Friday afternoon.
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