Ten-man Township Rollers edge out Extension Gunners

Ten-man Township Rollers edge out Extension Gunners
Segolame Boy of Township Rollers

Monday Dec 18, 2017. 08:05

Township Rollers secured a 1-0 victory over Extension Gunners in a BTC Premiership match at the Lobatse Sports Complex on Sunday afternoon.

The victory saw Popa extend their lead at the top of the league standings, while Mapantsola slip down to seventh spot following a match between two giants of Botswana football.

Popa dominated the first-half and they managed to break the deadlock 15 minutes into the match much to the delight of the away fans.

Bafana Desire, Gunners’ inspirational captain, scored an own fortunate goal to make it 1-0 to Rollers, who looked dangerous each time they pushed forward.

Mapantsola pushed for equalizing goal and Mmoloki Kebalepile had a chance to shoot at Rollers goal-posts, but he placed his effort wide of the target.

Rollers suffered a blow a few minutes before the half-time break when their hardman Ivan Ntege received his second yellow card and Popa were reduced to 10 men.

The score was 1-0 to Rollers at the interval following a first-half which was dominated by Rollers, but they could not score more goals.

Gunners took control of the match in the second-half as they looked to take advantage of their numerical superiority over Rollers.

Kenanao Kgetholetsile, the Mapantsola striker, saw his goal-bound effort blocked by Popa defender Edwin Olerile a few minutes after the restart as the hosts pushed for the equalizer.

Mothusi Cooper, who is a Botswana youth international, was working tirelessly for Gunners in the middle of the park.

With pressure mounting on Rollers, their goalkeeper Keeagile Kgosipula had to produce a magnificent save to deny Kebalepile from close range in the 70th minute.

The last chance of the game fell for Thabo Metlhayotlhe, but his effort was blocked inside the Rollers box as the visitors held on to their slender lead.

Ultimately, Rollers ran out 1-0 winners over Gunners after containing the hosts in the latter stages of an entertaining encounter.

Gunners midfielder Cooper deservedly walked away with the Man of the Match accolade at the end of the match.

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