Simisani Mathumo of Township Rollers shields ball from Tumisang Orebonye of Gaborone United during the Botswana Premier League 2017/18 match between Gaborone United and Township Rollers at UB Stadium, Gaborone Botswana on 03 December 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Sunday Dec 03, 2017. 17:57
Gaborone United and Township Rollers drew 2-2 in an entertaining BTC Premiership match at the University of Botswana (UB) Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The draw sees GU move up to third spot on the league standings, while Rollers remain at the top of the table.
Popa were the better side in the opening stages of the match as they applied some pressure on the Moya Goleele defence.
Goitseone Phoko, the GU goalkeeper, was called into action by Rollers set-piece specialists Edwin Moalosi and Segolame Boy.
The former Botswana youth international did well to deny Moalosi, before gathering Boy’s curling effort as pressure mounted on the GU defence.
As the game progressed, GU began pushing forward in numbers towards the half-hour mark. But they were forced to try their luck from range as the Rollers defence looked solid.
Rollers keeper Kabelo Dambe spilled Obonwe Maome’s long range effort and the visitors cleared their lines, before GU striker Tumisang Orebonye could not pounce on the rebound.
With the half-time break fast approaching, Rollers were awarded a free-kick in a promising area and Lemponye Tshireletso forced Phoko into a decent save.
However, Phoko was finally beaten on the stroke of half-time after Rollers combined nicely on the edge of the box and Moalosi scored with a powerful low shot.
The score was 1-0 to Rollers at the interval following a first-half which was dominated by the visitors.
The second-half got off to a lively start as GU pushed for the equalizing goal, but Rollers were not sitting back as they looked to double their lead.
The home side managed to restore parity when Thatayaone Ditlhokwe whipped a cross into the Rollers box and Orebonye scored with a beautiful first time volley to make it 1-1.
Kgamanyane should have doubled GU’s lead a few minutes later when he found himself in a one-on-one situation against Dambe, who made a brilliant save do deny the hosts.
Popa tried to respond with a goal and Boy was presented with a golden opportunity to restore his side’s lead, but some how the talented winger fired wide of the target.
The momentum was with Rollers in the closing stages of the game as they searched for a late winning goal. Phoko had to come out and punch away Moalosi’s dangerous curling cross with time running out.
Phoko, who was keeping Moya Goleele in the game, then produced a good low save to deny Mthokozisi Msomi as pressure mounted on the hosts’ defence.
GU then scored against the run of play as Kgamanyane fired past Botswana’s finest goalkeeper Dambe with a low shot to make it 2-1 to the hosts.
However, Rollers never lost hope and they managed to snatch a late equalizing goal through Moalosi’s well taken shot and ultimately, the match ended in a 2-2 draw.
Phoko deservedly walked away with the Man of the Match accolade.
GU (0) 2 (Orebonye 53', Kgamanyane 89')
Rollers (1) 2 (Moalosi 44', 90')
GU: Phoko, Maikano, Johnson, Ditlhokwe, Mpolokang, Moloi, Modisaotsile, Phiri, Kgamanyane, Maome, Orebonye.
Rollers: Dambe, Motlhabankwe, Mathumo, Gaolaolwe, Matete, Ditshupo, Sikele, Boy, Tshireletso, Moalosi, Msomi.