Botswana: Rollers Move Second After Gilport Win

Tlokweng — After a sluggish start to their title defence, Township Rollers moved second on the BTC Premiership log standings with a 3-1 victory over Gilport Lions at a sun-baked Jamali Stadium in Tlokweng on Saturday.

Having drawn with Molepolole City and lost to early-season pacesetters Security Systems at their new home ground, Rollers finally won an official fixture at the stadium, building on an emphatic 4-1 away victory over Morupule Wanderers in their previous match.

For Gilport, a rather slow start to their top-flight comeback season continued as this registered their fourth defeat in six games, their other two results being a win and a draw. They are however firmly rooted in the relegation zone in position 14.

Although Rollers dominated proceedings throughout, Gilport seemed to have kept them at bay until they conceded an own goal three minutes to the half time break.

The Gilport defence, ably marshaled by former Gaborone United star Tumisang 'Butcher' Sekanonyane and Zebras legend Tshepo 'Talk Talk' Motlhabankwe at right-back, restricted Rollers to a few chances in the first half.

Gilport midfield anchor, Gape Mohutsiwa, facing his former side, also worked tirelessly to shield his back as Rollers dominated possession, but found little joy in the final third.

From kickoff, Rollers lively fullback Kamogelo Matsabu found a pocket of space along the right attacking channel, setting Tlhalefo Molebatsi into a run into the right side of the Gilport penalty area.

Molebatsi played a low cross to Maano Ditshupo who failed to connect to a tap in with the Gilport goal at this mercy.

Ditshupo turned provider in the 40th minute from a similar position in the right side of attack but Motsholetsi Sikele headed wide from close range.

The Gilport defence was finally bridged in the 42nd minute when Lemponye 'FC' Tshireletso shot at goal from within the Gilport penalty area and in trying to defend, Gilport's Tshepo Ramhenngwa scored an own goal past his goalkeeper Edwin Mokibe.

Having scored three minutes before the half time recess, Rollers would strike a second three minutes after the break.

Kaone Vanderwesthuizen played in a cross from the left-wing, met by Tshireletso who tapped in to give the Blues the two-goal advantage.

Gilport coach introduced exciting youngster Kevin Bulala and MacDonald Bulala, to which Gilport started seeing more of the ball.

But it was Rollers who would get a third in the 66th minute with Tshireletso providing the assist to Matsabu, who was well composed in taking his time to slot the ball past Mokibe.

Having rarely troubled Rollers' goal throughout the match, Gilport got a goal late on when Tukula struck past Kabelo Dambe in the 81st minute.

Rollers ended 3-1 victors as they tried to keep up the pace with Daniel 'Chico Dance' Nare's high flying Systems, who have now recorded a perfect start with six wins in their first six league matches, to develop a five-point lead at the top.

Up next for Rollers is a mouth-watering clash with Jwaneng Galaxy. The two sides have finished first and second over the past three seasons at the National Stadium this coming Sunday. Gilport will visit Morupule Wanderers in Serowe next Sunday.

BTC Premiership week six results roundup:

Police XI 0-2 Miscellaneous

Molepolole City Stars 0-1 Orapa United

Jwaneng Galaxy 1-1 BR Highlanders

Security Systems 5-0 Prisons XI

Gaborone United 0-0 Notwane FC

TAFIC 1-3 BDF XI

Morupule Wanderers 0-1 Extension Gunners.

Source : BOPA

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