Lioli continues revival


Mikia Kalati

LIOLI registered a 2-0 victory over Galaxy at Maputsoe DIFA Ground on Sunday to continue with their revival in the second round of the Econet Premier League.

Sweetberth Kum broke the deadlock early in the match to continue with his fine form having netted the first goal in the 3-0 win over Majantja last weekend.

Montoeli Sonopo netted the second goal in the second half to hand the Lehlohonolo Thotanyana coached-side all the three points and their second win in a row.

Tse Nala endured a difficult first round which saw the club lying in an unfamiliar eighth place by the end of the first round but two wins in a row in the second stanza of the campaign have helped them climb to fifth.

The Teyateyaneng outfit has collected 22 points after 15 games.

Meanwhile, Galaxy face the risk of returning to the A division after just one season of top-flight football having suffered their 10th defeat in 14 games.

The Hlotse outfit has managed just two victories since their promotion to the premiership and has 10 points.

Elsewhere on Sunday, second from bottom placed Swallows boosted their survival chances coming from a goal down to salvage a 1-1 draw against third placed LDF at Ratjomose Barracks.

The army side took the lead through Lepheane Mofolo but Swallows found their way back in the second-half through Lehlohonolo Mothetsi.

LDF are third on the log with 26 points after 15 games while Swallows are second from the bottom with 10 points also after 15 games.

On Saturday, Matlama kept their hopes of winning a record 10th Premier League title alive after narrowing the gap between themselves and leaders LCS to just one point at the top of the table.

Tse Putsoa have been on song in the new-year and are the only side that has registered three victories in a row.

Matlama started the year with a 3-1 victory over rivals Lioli and won by the same margin against Liphakoe last weekend before beating LCS 2-1 in a top of the table clash at Setsoto Stadium on Saturday.

Rethabile Mokokoana and Jane Thabantšo scored the two goals for Tse Putsoa.

The country’s most decorated team, Matlama, is second on the log with 32 points and trails leaders LCS by just a point.

Masheshena, as LCS is affectionately known, suffered only its second defeat so far after the 2-1 loss to Matlama on Saturday.

They remain top of the table with 33 points but have played a game more than Matlama.

LMPS were also in action on Saturday and beat Likhopo 2-0 for their second win in a row under the mentorship of new coach Teele Ntšonyana.

Kick4Life and Sefotha-fotha played to a 1-1 draw at LCS Ground while Liphakoe beat Linare 2-1 at Maputsoe DIFA Ground also on Saturday.

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