A first half Tumisang Orebonye goal handed Township Rollers a 1-0 BTC Premiership victor over Extension Gunners in a match played at the Lobatse Sports Complex on Saturday afternoon.
The game was played at a slow tempo for much of the 90 minutes, particularly in the first half, but this suited the Blues quite well as Popa passed the ball with patient build ups from the back, and Orebonye’s goal was enough to get the result.
Gunners were more lively in a more open second half but overall Rollers were full value for the win which keeps Popa top of the log on 19 points after six wins and a single draw.
Rollers head coach Nikola Kavazovic made two two changes to the starting line up from the midweek victory over Prisons XI; Kaone Vanderwesthuizen was handed his first start of the season and Segolame Boy got a starting berth as Thatayaone Ditlhokwe and Kamogelo Matsabu started from the bench.
Rollers started with a line up of Wagarre Dikago, Jackson Lesole, Simisani Mathumo, Mosha Gaolaolwe, Kaone Vanderwesthuizen, Kago Monyake, Maano Ditshupo, Motshusi Cooper, Segolame Boy, Joel Mogorosi and Tumisang Orebonye.
Two minutes into the action, Cooper won the ball in the middle of the park played in Boy who drove the ball goal ward, and after a neat one two with Mogorosi, Boy advanced into the box and tried a cheeky chip over the Gunners goalkeeper Katlego Mbise who blocked the ball with one hand.
A Rollers throw in flicked into the box by Mogorosi reached Orebonye who headed just wide of Mbise’s goal.
With both sides comfortable on the ball and Rollers patiently building up from the back, a lot of the football was played in the middle areas of the pitch, with little goalmouth action during the first half hour of the match.
The impressive Monyake and Cooper linked well in the middle of the park for Rollers.
Orebonye opened Rollers’ account, receiving the ball deep in the Gunners danger zone then slotting home past Mbise.
A minute later, Mogorosi netted with a header but the goal was ruled out for offside.
Mogorosi forced Mbise into a double save in the 42nd minute after a corner kick played in by Boy; Mogorosi firdt had his header blocked then a shot off the rebound also saved.
Rollers took the opportunity one goal lead into the interval and then started the second half at a slightly higher tempo.
Gaolaolwe produced a one handed save off of Mbise after the Popa centre half released a shot from just inside the Gunners 18 yard box.
Gunners missed a glorious chance when a ball brought down in the box by Botshelo Mafoko had Dikago stretched leaving Ogomoditse Sitang free at the near post; but Sitang shot wide with a gaping goal at his mercy.
Ditlhokwe was brought on for Vanderwesthuizen a like for like change for the Rollers left back position.
Sitang had another chance but shot wide from the edge of the box after receiving the ball from Kenanao Flo Kgetholetsile.
Kamogelo Matsabu replaced Orebonye as Popa altered their attacking shape.
Mogorosi had a close range headed effort go over the bar with Mbise beaten.
Gunners started seeing more of the ball and in order to bring defensive shape to the midfield Rollers brought on Ivan Ntege for Monyake.
Attempting to convert a Ditlhokwe corner kick, Mathumo saw his headed effort go just wide.
In the end, the single goal was sufficient for a Rollers victory.
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