Orapa United players celebrating a goal during the Mascom top8 match between Extension Gunners and Orapa United sporting club at the National stadium in Gaborone on 20 November 2015. Monirul Bhuiyan/Backpage pix
Saturday Apr 23, 2016. 22:46
Orapa United stunned Township Rollers 3-1 to lift the 2015/16 Mascom Top 8 Cup at the Francistown Sports Complex in the City of Francistown.
The Ostriches were making their maiden appearance in the Top 8 Cup final, while Mapalastina were participating in their fourth final.
Mapalastina and the Ostriches attacked each other with pace in the opening stages of the Cup encounter, but they were unable to convert their chances.
But the best chance of the first-half went to Rollers striker Jerome Ramatlhakwana who was unfortunately denied by the goal-post three minutes before half-time.
In the second-half, Orapa duo Lemogang Maswena and Patrick Lenyeletse combined brilliantly to open up the Rollers defence in the 57th minute.
However, Rollers' experienced defender Mogogi Gabonamong made a well-timed tackle to stop Lenyeletse from breaking the deadlock.
In the 63rd minute, Segolame Boy put Rollers into the lead after finishing off a cross from Kobamelo Kebaikanye much to the delight of the Mapalastina faithful.
The Ostriches then pressed Mapalastina for the equalising goal which came 12 minutes later through Ronald Chikomo's beautiful backflip goal.
Rollers wingback Galabgwe Moyana was presented with a glorious chance to snatch a late winner for his side with three minutes left on the clock.
However, in-form Orapa shot-stopper Mosimanegape Robert produced a magnificent save to deny Moyana from his well-taken free-kick.
Nevertheless, the entertaining Cup encounter ended in a 1-1 stalemate after regulation time, and extra-time followed.
The Ostriches took the lead for the first time on the night 12 minutes into extra-time through substitute Thabang Sesinyi who netted a fantastic goal.
Orapa sealed their 3-1 victory three minutes later when Onkabetse Makgantai beat Rollers keeper Kabelo Dambe with a wonderful strike.